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DAME MYRA HESS PLAYS CONCERTI



On this page, Myra Hess plays concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms, as well as the Symphonic Variations by César  Franck.

The Mozart concerti are wonderful, and it is difficult to imagine that the pianist who chewed up and spat out the ferocious "Emperor" to be heard below also played these with all the requisite delicacy, yet with drama and force when required.

The recording of the Brahms 1st is tremendous, bad accoustics and all.  The beginning sounds like the bloody wrath of God raining down upon us, and we can thank Mitropoulos for that. [While you're at it, check out his recording of the Brahms 3rd symphony.]

And be sure not to miss the Franck Symphonic Variations.  All the Belgian master's plaintive colors are brought to the fore in a loving performance.  This is my favorite of all the recordings in which Hess plays concerti or concerted works with orchestra.

These are all great performances by one of the greatest of all pianists. Dame Myra Hess plays concerti, many of which are led by the supreme conductors of the first half of the 20th century: Bruno Walter, Adrian Boult, Arturo Todcanini, Eduard van Beinum, Serge Koussevitsky, and Dimitri Mitropoulos.  Try finding pairings such as these in a concert hall today



Mozart  Piano Concerto 9 in E major, K 271 "Jeunehomme"
i Allegro
10:35 ➢ ii Andantino
24:18iii Rondo - Presto
Pablo Casals conducting the Perpignan Festival Orchestra

recorded in 1953




Mozart  Piano Concerto 14 in E major, K 449
i Allegro ma non troppo
08:29 ➢ ii Andantino
16:18iii Allegro vivace
Bruno Walter conducting the New York Philarmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 1954




Mozart  Piano Concerto 17 in G major, K 453
excerpt from i Allegro
Peter O'Donnell conducting the RAF Orchestra




Mozart  Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K 466
Bruno Walter conducting the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York

recorded in 1956


i Allegro



ii Romanze



iii Allegro assai




Mozart  Piano Concerto 21 in C major, K 467
i Allegro maestoso
ii Andante
iii Allegro vivace assai
Leslie Heward conducting an unidentified orchestra

recorded in 1942




Mozart  Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K 488
i Allegro
10:43ii Adagio
17:07iii Allegro assai
Adrian Boult conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded in 1961




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 2 in major, Op 19
Sir Alexander Gibson conducting the Scottish National Orchestra

recorded live in 1960


i Allegro con brio



ii Adagio



iii Rondo - Molto allegro




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 3 in C minor, Op 37
Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra

broadcast live in 1946


i Allegro con brio



ii Largo



iii Rondo - Allegro




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 4 in G major, Op 58
Sir Adrian Boult conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra

recorded live in 1952


i Allegro moderato



ii Andante con moto
iii Rondo - Vivace




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 4 in G major, Op 58
Sir Adrian Boult conducting the London Proms Orchestra

recorded live in 1961


ia Allegro moderato (beginning)



ib Allegro moderato (conclusion)



ii Andante con moto



iii Rondo - Vivace




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 5 in E major, Op 73 "Emperor"
Efrem Kurtz conducting the Philarmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York

recorded live in 1953


i Allegro



ii Adagio un poco mosso
iii Rondo - Allegro ma non troppo




Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
i Allegro affettuoso
15:35ii Intermezzo - Andantino grazioso
20:37iii Allegro vivace
Walter Goehr conducting an unspecified [London] symphony orchestra

recorded in 1937




Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
i Allegro affettuoso
15:54ii Intermezzo - Andantino grazioso
21:33iii Allegro vivace
Rudolf Schwarz conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra of London

recorded in 1952




Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
i Allegro affettuoso
15:35ii Intermezzo - Andantino grazioso
20:58iii Allegro vivace
Eduard van Beinum conducting an unspecified symphony orchestra

recorded in 1956




Franck  Symphonic Variations
Basil Cameron conducting the City of Birmingham Orchestra

recorded in 1941




Brahms  Piano Concerto 1 in D minor, Op 15
Serge Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra

broadcast live in 1949


ia Maestoso (beginning)



ib Maestoso (conclusion)



ii Adagio



iii Rondo - Allegro non troppo




Brahms  Piano Concerto 1 in D minor, Op 15
Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

i Maestoso
ii Adagio
iii Rondo - Allegro non troppo

recorded in 1955




Brahms  Piano Concerto 2 in B major, Op 83
Bruno Walter conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 1951


ia Allegro non troppo (beginning)



ib Allegro non troppo (conclusion)



ii Allegro appassionato



iii Andante



iv Allegretto grazioso










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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