1–3 Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 123
4–7 Concerto for Two Pianos, Op, 127
8–14 Double Concerto for Violin and Piano, Op. 124
15–20 Little Concerto for Piano and Organ Op. 88
Mikhail Korzhev, piano
Eric Huebner, piano
Nurit Pacht, violin
Adrian Partington, organ
English Symphony Orchestra / Kenneth Woods
Ernst Krenek’s seven piano concertos – four for solo piano, one for two pianos, one with violin and one withorgan – is one of the major concerto-series of the twentieth century, but also one of the least familiar.
This second instalment in their first complete recording reveals breath-taking bravura writing.
Krenek revels in a virtuoso piano technique, the dazzling orchestration and the stylistic integration of serialism and good-natured recollection of Viennese tradition.
The first volume in this series was an outstanding critical success – among many other encomia, it was aSunday Times ‘Record of the Week’, and in his blog ‘Classical Ear’ Andrew Achenbach gave it two five-starratings and wrote: ‘Performances are first-rate: Mikhail Korzhev proves a superbly stylish, fearless andeloquent exponent, and he enjoys admirable support from a hugely spirited English Symphony Orchestraunder Kenneth Woods’s unfailingly cogent lead. Both the production and presentation likewise leave nothingto be desired’.
Mikhail Korzhev combines his performing career with teaching, having served on the faculties of University of Southern California, Chapman University and currently is on the faculty of California State University at Fullerton. Since 2008 he has been a faculty member at Beverly Hills International Music Festival. He holds a doctorate in piano performance from University of Southern California.
Eric Huebner is pianist of the New York Philharmonic. He has premiered countless new works and appears with numerous NYC-based contemporary-music ensembles. He is an Associate Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and since autumn 2014 has been a member of the adjunct faculty of The Juilliard School.
The violinist Nurit Pacht has featured in major world events, such as the European conference for the inauguration of the Euro in Brussels, and under the auspices of the European Commission and United Nations she toured the former Yugoslavia, during the cease-fire in 1996. In 2015, she performed for Pope Francis on his visit to New York and gave a State Department-funded recital tour of Ukraine.
Adrian Partington is currently Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, Artistic Director of the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival and Artistic Director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, and as an organ recitalist has played at all the principal venues in the UK and toured across Europe, Australia and the USA.
Conductor, cellist, composer and author Kenneth Woods has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra since 2013. He is a widely read writer and frequent broadcaster, and his blog, ‘A View from the Podium’, is one of the 25 most popular classical blogs in the world. He has spoken on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today Programme’ and is a frequent commentator on BBC Radio 3.
Toccata Classics TOCC0392