The Romantic Piano Concerto - 64HENRIQUE OSWALD (1852-1931): Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 10, ALFREDO NAPOLEÃO (1852-1917): Piano Concerto No. 2 in E Flat Minor, Op. 31.
Catalogue Number: 10Q002
Reference: CDA 67984
Description: In the order listed above, we have a Portuguese and a Brazilian, both composer-pianists who had extensive careers as performers and as teachers in Europe and in South America. Both concertos come from the same period, Oswald's from 1886 while Napoleão's is undated but dedicated to the Portuguese King whose reign ended three years later. Oswald's 30-minute concerto has a Tchaikovskian athleticism and virtuosity to its keyboard writing, the orchestration rich and full, the overall character rather late German Romantic in the first movement, with a sentimental Adagio and a tarantella finale (his mother was Italian). Napoleão's 37-minute work opens with a mysterious, almost creepy string statement before evolving into a very Chopinesque Andantino maestoso that goes for almost 20 minutes. The short, following scherzo is right out of Saint-Saëns and the longer finale has the lightness, charm and display of French operetta. Artur Pizarro (piano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Martyn Brabbins.