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de GREEF PLAYS CONCERTI



Arthur de Greef plays concerti by Liszt and Saint-Saens, with both of whom he studied, and Grieg, who considered him its finest exponent.  Grieg wrote in a letter to violinist Ole Bull, "de Greef is the best interpreter of my music I have met with. It is surprising how he understands my meaning. Whether I roam over the mountains or through the valleys, whether I am refined or vigorous, he follows me with a wonderful instinct. I feel happy and honoured by his sympathy for my art. He is a real Master; that I see more and more, just one of those whom you may look for with a lantern all around the musical world."

In addition to these, de Greef plays concerti that are not so named, but given the evolution of the form, could easily enough be counted among the great concerti of the 19th century: The Hungarian Fantasy by Liszt and the Variations Symphoniques (Symphonic Variations) by C├ęsar Franck whose adventures in large scale forms are a world unto his own.

What is clear from these examples is that de Greef plays concerti as he would the most intimate of works for solo piano.  He is not at war with the orchestra, his is not a virtuosic approach.  And there is a relaxed ease about his playing that results in a very different kind of concerto experience.



Liszt Piano Concerto 1 in E flat Major

Sir Landon Ronald conducting the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra

recorded in 1920


Part 1 of 2



Part 2 of 2




Liszt Piano Concerto 2 in A Major

Adagio sostenuto assai  - Allegro agitato assai - Allegro moderato - Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno allegro - Allegro animato

Sir Landon Ronald conducting the London Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1930




Liszt Hungarian Fantasy for piano and orchestra

Sir Landon Ronald conducting the London Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1926


Part 1 of 2



Part 2 of 2




Saint-Saens Piano Concerto 2 in g minor, Op 22

Sir Landon Ronald conducting the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra

recorded in 1921


i Andante sostenuto



ii Allegro scherzando



iii Presto




Saint-Saens Piano Concerto 2 in g minor, Op 22

Sir Landon Ronald conducting the New Symphony Orchestra of London

recorded in 1928


i Andante sostenuto (beginning)



i Andante sostenuto (conclusion)



ii Allegro scherzando



iii Presto




Grieg Piano Concerto in a minor, Op 16

Sir Landon Ronald conducting the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra

recorded in 1921


i Allegro molto moderato



ii Adagio



iii Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso




Franck Variations Symphoniques for piano and orchestra

Sir Landon Ronald conducting the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra

recorded in 1922










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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