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SOLOMON PLAYS CONCERTI BY MOZART, BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, BRAHMS AND OTHERS



On this page, Solomon plays concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and others.  Included is the Adagietto of the piano concerto by Arthur Bliss, an English composer of whom I am very fond.  Solomon gave the world premiere performance of this concerto at the 1939 New York World's Fair accompanied by Sir Adrian Boult and the New York Philharmonic.  I have been unable to find the other movements performed by Solomon, but I will add them as soon as I do.  This is a first class concerto that deserves much more attention outside of the UK.

In addition to the concerti, Solomon plays Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio, a wonderful performance of one of the most beloved of all chamber works.



Mozart  Piano Concerto 15 in B major, K 450
Otto Ackermann conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

recorded in 1953


i Allegro



ii Andante



iii Allegro




Mozart  Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K 488
Herbert Menges conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

i Allegro
10:13ii Adagio
17:11iii Allegro assai

recorded ca1953




Mozart  Piano Concerto 24 in C minor, K 491
Herbert Menges conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

i Allegro (cadenza by C. Saint-Saens)
13:10ii Larghetto
21:51iii Allegretto




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 1 in C major, Op 15
Herbert Menges conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

i Allegro con brio
13:40 ➢  ii Largo
25:54 ➢  iii Rondo - Allegro scherzando

recorded in 1954




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 2 in B major, Op 19
Andre Cluytens conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

i Allegro con brio
13:15 ➢  ii Adagio
22:01 ➢  iii Rondo - Molto allegro

recorded in the early 1950s




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 3 in C minor, Op 37
Sir Adrian Boult conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra

i Allegro con brio (cadenza Clara Schumann)
15:54 ➢  ii Largo
25:28 ➢  iii Rondo - Allegro

recorded in 1944




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 3 in C minor, Op 37
Herbert Menges conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

i Allegro con brio (cadenza Clara Schumann)
16:20 ➢  ii Largo
27:05 ➢  iii Rondo - Allegro

recorded in 1956




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 5 in E major, Op 73 "Emperor"
Herbert Menges conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra


i
Allegro



ii Adagio un poco mosso
08:29 ➢  iii Rondo - Allegro ma non troppo




Beethoven  Trio for piano, violin and cello in B major, Op 97 "Archduke"
with Henry Holst, violin - Anthony Pini, cello

i Allegro moderato
09:26 ➢  ii Scherzo - Allegro
15:42 ➢  iii Andante cantabile ma però con moto. Poco piu adagio
30:15 ➢  iv Allegro moderato. Presto

recorded in 1943




Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
Herbert Menges conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra


i Allegro affetuoso




Liszt  Hungarian Fantasy
Walter Susskind conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

recorded in 1948




Brahms  Piano Concerto 1 in D minor, Op 15
Eugen Jochum conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

i Maestoso
20:20 ➢  ii Adagio
34:55 ➢  iii Rondo - Allegro non troppo

recorded live in 1954




Brahms  Piano Concerto 2 in B major, Op 83
Issay Dobrowen conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

i Allegro non troppo
16:02 ➢  ii Allegro appassionato
24:17 ➢  iii Andante
37:05 ➢  iv Allegro graziosoo

recorded live in 1947




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto in B minor, Op 23
Hamilton Harty conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra


i Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso. Allegro con spirito
19:42 ➢  ii Andantino semplice – Prestissimo
26:48 ➢  iii Allegro con fuoco

recorded in 1930




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto in B minor, Op 23
Issay Dobrowen conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

recorded in 1949


ia Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso. Allegro con spirito (beginning)



ib Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso. Allegro con spirito (conclusion)



ii Andantino semplice – Prestissimo




Grieg  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16
Herbert Menges conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

i Allegro molto moderato
12:33 ➢  ii Adagio
19:03 ➢  iii Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso

recorded in 1956




Scriabin  Piano Concerto in F minor, Op 20
Issay Dobrowen conducting the Philarmonia Orchestra

i Allegro
07:00 ii Theme (Andante) & Variations
16:00iii Allegro moderato

recorded in 1949




Arthus Bliss (1891-1975)  Piano Concerto in B major, Op 58

[Solomon recorded the concerto twice with Sir Adrian Boult conducting.  It is not clear if this performance is the 1939 world premiere with the New York Philharmonic, or the 1943 recording with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.]

ii Adagietto










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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