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Piano Concerto - Review in New York Times April 1

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:47 am
by brendan g carroll
New York Times, April 1 2021

"At 25, Erich Wolfgang Korngold was inspired by the tragedy of the pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who had lost his right arm as a soldier in World War I, to write a teeming, episodic, single-movement Concerto in C-sharp requiring just the left hand. First performed in 1924, the music shifts from passages of dense, chromatic intensity to bursts of pulsing burlesque energy. All the performances on this album, featuring the brilliant pianist Orion Weiss, are excellent.