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Ammann, Ravel & Bartók: Piano Concertos

Andreas Haefliger, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki

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The Piano Concerto "Gran toccata"  
1.1
Molto ritmico (Live)
Dieter Ammann; Andreas Haefliger; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki
10:51
1.2
Bar 272 (Live)
Dieter Ammann; Andreas Haefliger; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki
7:59
1.3
Upbeat to Bar 445 (Live)
Dieter Ammann; Andreas Haefliger; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki
12:28
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major, M. 82  
1.4
Lento
Maurice Ravel; Andreas Haefliger; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki
8:26
1.5
Allegro
Maurice Ravel; Andreas Haefliger; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki
4:39
1.6
Tempo I
Maurice Ravel; Andreas Haefliger; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki
5:59
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Major, Sz. 119  
1.7
I. Allegretto
Béla Bartók; Andreas Haefliger; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki
7:23
1.8
II. Adagio religioso
Béla Bartók; Andreas Haefliger; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki
10:33
1.9
III. Allegro vivace
Béla Bartók; Andreas Haefliger; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki
7:09
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    75:27
When Andreas Haefliger conceived this unusual combination of concertos it was with the aim of putting into perspective three pieces, each a unique and highly expres­sive highlight from the composers output. That Maurice Ravels Concerto for the Left Hand and Béla Bartóks Third Piano Concerto fulfilled the requirements was a given: towards the end of his life Bartók wrote his most lyrically expressive concerto while Ravel, inspired by the qualities of the left hand register, wrote a piece full of dark yearning and grotesquely fauvistic dances. The third work was more of a gamble, being a newly commissioned and not yet written concerto.

The risk was a calculated one, however, given the stellar reputation of the composer Dieter Ammann, as well as Haefligers personal acquaintance with him. But as Haefliger himself remarks: Little could have prepared me for the exceptional work I was to receive: The Piano Concerto Gran Toccata. Keeping tradition close by as an ally in the layering of harmony and rhythm, it explodes into futuristic visions in an extremely personal language and, through its kaleidoscopic colours and pianistic virtuosity, reinvents the genre for the 21st century.

The concerto was premiered at the 2019 BBC Proms, and Andreas Haefliger has since performed it in Boston, Munich and Helsinki, where the present recording was made. On all three occasions, he has been partnered by Susanna Mälkki, chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra which lends Haefliger eminent support in all three works.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Records Studio Masters

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