The Romantic Piano Concerto 79

WALTER BRAUNFELS (1882-1954): Tag- und Nachstücke for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 44, HANS PFITZNER (1869-1949): Piano Concerto in E Flat, Op. 31.

Catalogue Number: 02V054

Label: Hyperion

Reference: CDA68258

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: The Braunfels—a 31-minute concerto in all but name—and Pfitzner make an apt pairing, two works dating from the twilight of German Romanticism. There are four other recordings of the Pfitzner available on disc, so let’s turn to Braunfels. Dating from 1933-34, it is described as a work for ‘orchestra with piano obbligato’ and reveals itself as an amalgam of late-romantic writing spiced with more modern harmonies and a finely maintained sense of mystery. Markus Becker (piano), Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin; Constantin Trinks. Markus Becker (piano), Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin; Constantin Trinks.

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