JOSEPH MARX (1882-1964): Romantic Piano Concerto, Castelli Romani for Piano and Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 07V006

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.573834

Format: CD reissue

Price: $12.98

Description: Marx was an excellent pianist: the hugely demanding solo part of his 1919-20 Romantic Piano Concerto, a 41-minute ‘symphonic duet’ between piano and orchestra, marks him as a true virtuoso who had also absorbed the heady impressionism of Debussy, Scriabin and Delius. While having no connection with film music, Marx left a multitude of intoxicating melodies that approach the wildest of Hollywood’s dreams. Castelli Romani (1929-30) was inspired by ancient ruins in the wooded hills outside Rome, and is a magical, pyrotechnic display of Mediterranean emotions and masterfully orchestrated atmospheric pictures. David Lively (piano), Bochum Symphony Orchestra; Steven Sloane. Original 2004 ASV release.

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