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MOURA LYMPANY PLAYS CONCERTI



There are those wonderful pianists whose interpretations startle, excite, amaze.  And there are those whose playing is simply so right you just listen and forget to think about the playing.   Moura Lympany plays concerti this way.  Warhorses, like the Liszt A Major, that I listen to because I am curious as to how a certain pianist might play certain passages but rarely seek out for the pure pleasure of the music, come to life in her hands and I remember how delighted I was when I first got to know the music as a teenager.

There is but one (Turina's Rapsodia Sinfonica) work on this page that has not been played beyond recognition by those whose performing licenses should perhaps be taken away.  More common is the question, "Did I ever really love this music?"  And there is not a work on this page that Lympany has not brought back to life for me.   Even the Littolf Scherzo, when played by Moura Lympany, makes me want to hear the rest of the concerto.

This is the point at which one is tempted to try to put into words what exactly it is that she is doing when Lympani plays concerti so perfectly.  I would but I'm too busy listening to her play, a beatific smile on my face and an extraordinary sense that most of the important discoveries of my life still loom before me.



Mendelssohn  Capriccio brillant in B minor, Op. 22
Nikolai Malko conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

recorded in 1945




Mendelssohn  Piano Concerto 1 in G minor, Op 25
i Molto allegro con fuoco
ii Andante
iii Presto. Molto allegro e vivace
Rafael Kubelik conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

recorded in 1948




Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
i
Allegro affetuoso
13:38ii Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
18:14iii Allegro vivace
Constantin Silvestri conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded in the late 1950s




Liszt  Piano Concerto 2 in A major, S 125
Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded in 1964


Part I



Part II




Litolff  Scherzo from Concerto Symphonique 4 in D minor, Op 102


Walter Susskind conducting the Philarmonia Orchestra
recorded in 1948



Sir Malcom Sargent conducting the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra
recorded in 1964




Brahms  Piano Concerto 2 in B major, Op 83
i Allegro non troppo
ii Allegro appassionato
iii Andante
iv Allegretto grazioso


Roberto Benzi Conducting an unidentified orchestra

recorded live in 1966




Saint-Saens  Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op 22
Jean Martinon conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded in 1951


i Andante sostenuto



ii Allegro scherzando
iii Presto




Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 1 in F minor, Op 1
i Vivace
12:00 ➢ ii Andante cantabile
18:00 ➢ iii Allegro vivace
Nikolai Malko conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

recorded in 1954




Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2 in C minor, Op 18
i Moderato
10:07ii Adagio sostenuto
21:05iii Allegro scherzando
Nikolai Malko conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

recorded between 1952 and 1954




Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2 in C minor, Op 18
Sir Malcom Sargent conducting the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra

recorded ca 1960


i Moderato



ii Adagio sostenuto



iii Allegro scherzando




Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op 30
Anthony Collins conducting the New Symphony Orchestra of London

recorded in 1952


ia Allegro ma non troppo (beginning)



ib Allegro ma non troppo (conclusion)



ii Intermezzo: Adagio



iiia Finale: Alla breve (beginning)



iiib Finale: Alla breve (conclusion)




Turina  Rapsodia Sinfonica
Walter Susskind conducting the Philarmonia Orchestra




Khachaturain  Piano Concerto in D Major (1936)
Anatole Fistoulari conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra


ia Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso (beginning)



ib Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso (conclusion)



ii Andante con anima (beginning)



ii Andante con anima (conclusion)



iii Allegro brillante



















Here is my murder mystery with a musical polemic.





and the audiobook version



And this is the recently published second mystery in the series.




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