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Scharwenka: Complete Piano Concertos

Alexander Markovich, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

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"Four Stars ... this ricochets with musical rewards ... echoes from Chopin to Rachmaninov are all brought out in Markovich’s prodigious pianism."
- BBC Music Magazine

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 32  
1
I. Allegro patetico – Più animato – Tempo I – Più animato – Largamente – Adagio – Allegro animato – Tempo I
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
10:39
2
II. [Scherzo.] Allegro assai
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
7:06
3
III. Allegro non tanto – Molto più vivo – Molto più lento – Quasi adagio – Allegro molto e passionato – Meno mosso (ma un poco) – Cadenza. Maestoso. Senza tempo – Allegro patetico (come primo)
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
12:21
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 56  
4
I. Allegro – Un poco meno mosso – Cadenza – Tempo I – Più lento – Poco più animato – Un poco più lento – Poco più animato – Cadenza – Tempo I (un poco moderato)
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
18:56
5
II. Adagio
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
10:22
6
III. Allegro non troppo – Più mosso
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
8:55
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 80  
1
I. Maestoso – Cadenza. Poco più animato – Poco meno mosso – Meno mosso – Poco più lento – Tempo I – Più mosso
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
14:06
2
II. Adagio –
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
6:41
3
II. Allegro non troppo – Meno mosso – Poco più lento, quasi Andante – Allegro non troppo – Meno mosso – Poco più lento, quasi Andante – Maestoso
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
10:41
Piano Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 82  
4
I. Allegro patetico – Molto più lento – Poco meno mosso – Più lento – Tempo I. Anfangs etwas breit – Tempo I, poco sostenuto – Molto più lento – Tempo I ma tranquillo – Tempo I. Anfangs etwas breit
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
19:46
5
II. Intermezzo. Allegretto molto tranquillo – Un poco più animato – Cadenza. Un poco più mosso – Schnell, heftig – Quasi Andante – Tempo I
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
6:51
6
III. Lento, mesto [Lento maestoso] –
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
6:41
7
IV. Allegro con fuoco [Allegro non troppo] – Un poco più animato – Poco più mosso [Vivace]
Franz Xaver Scharwenka; Alexander Markovich; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi
6:32
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"... a personal triumph for Markovich who consistently delivers titanic pianism that few can match these days. Recorded sound more than lives up to the exacting standards we’ve come to expect from Chandos ... (an) invaluable and authoritative issue."
- International Record Review

Pianist Alexander Markovich stars on this recording dedicated to the piano works of Polish-born German composer Franz Xaver Scharwenka, a much lauded and beloved figure of late 19th and early 20th century music. His four piano concertos are central works among his small output and have been recorded together on this album for the first time. Markovich is accompanied by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under acclaimed conductor Neeme Järvi.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn; 6 – 8 May (Concertos Nos 1 and 4) & 10 and 11 June 2013 (Concertos Nos 2 and 3)
Executive producer: Ralph Couzens
Recording producer: Maido Maadik
Sound engineer: Maido Maadik
Editor: Maido Maadik
Mastering: Rosanna Fish
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Front cover: Artwork by designer, incorporating photograph of Franz Xaver Scharwenka © Lebrecht Music & Arts Photo Library
Back cover: Photograph of Neeme Järvi © Tiit Veermäe / Alamy
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative

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