DELPHIN STRUNCK, NICOLAUS ADAM STRUNCK, CHRISTIAN FLOR, DIETRICH MEYER,
DECKER, OLTER: Organ music
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491. BEETHOVEN:
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37.
SCHUMANN: Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52, Overtures
to Manfred, Julius Caesar and Hermann und Dorothea. Symphony "Zwickauer."
Here is another example of the high quality music-making in Minnesota, the only C minor piano concertos of Mozart and Beethoven with the fine young pianist Yevgeny Sudbin as soloist. Sudbin already has to his credit many recordings in wide repertory, and about two years ago this site mentioned the first issue in a projected series of Beethoven piano concertos (Nos. 4 and 5) (REVIEW). It seems that the series will be broken up with music of other composers as it is on this disk. The Beethoven was recorded in June 2011, the Mozart in May/June 2012. Both are gems of the repertory, but this performance of the Beethoven is rather subdued. Sudbin plays his own cadenza in the Mozart. The musical world is pleased that this fine American orchestra now seems to have been regrouped and Vänska has returned as music director. We look forward to further recordings.
This Schumann orchestral disk is of limited interest. It does contain the composer's early attempt at a symphony, played in a new critical edition by Matthias Wendt. We also have other relatively unfamiliar music of Schumann, two overtures, and the well-known Overture, Scherzo and Finale and Manfred Overture. One might expect there would be some kind of authenticity in these recordings by the orchestra with the composer's name, but this is far from a major orchestra in spite of their admirable intentions. Most of this music is already available in superb recordings by John Eliot Gardiner and Thomas Dausgaard (the latter on SACD). The CPO issue is recorded in broad, resonant sound, but other recordings are preferable.
R.E.B. (Aprl 2014)