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Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major, Op. 12 (d’Albert)

(Eugen d’Albert)

This piece of music written in 1893 was the last composition Eugen d’Albert wrote in this form.  It comprises four movements with a slow movement which opens with a cello solo and wind instrumentation which has been likened to Strauss, a scherzo which has been likened to Mendelssohn in its lightness, and  a grand finale.  The movements are:

  • I. Massig Bewegt
  • II. Langsam
  • III. Sehr Lebhaft
  • IV. Wie Vorher

Moscow Symphony Orchestra recordings
Naxos 8.553728 (CD: Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2/Esther Overture)
Conductor – Dmitri Yablonsky
Piano – Joseph Banowetz

Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg recordings
Vox 7206 (CD: The Franz Liszt School, Vol. 1)
Conductor – Richard Kapp
Piano – Michael Ponti