[ Hyperion Romantic Piano Concertos Vol 67 / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 22 January 2016
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Ludomir Różycki remains frustratingly obscure outside of his native Poland, something this new album of his three works for piano and orchestra will help to rectify as his late-nineteenth-century musical language-and an accomplished ear for instrumental colour-responds to the horrors of two world wars with an irrepressible spirit.
"The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra play with gusto and sensitivity under their energetic conductor, Łukasz Borowicz, who has over the last number of years made several records of music by the "Young Poland" school, amongst others, all well worth investigating. I hope he will be asked to set down new recordings of Różycki's orchestral tone poems and ballets. Jonathan Plowright has this music in his heart and soul, and it shows, and his balance between the effervescent and the contemplative is impeccable. All in all, this is a thoroughly recommendable release of late Romantic works." (AudAud.com Jan 2016)
'An outstanding recording of a piano and orchestra … Jonathan Plowright and Łukasz Borowicz are like alchemists in the way they can raise first-class second-rate music to another level, a couple of fiercely combative squash players at times, two firm friends reminiscing on a long country walk at others' (Gramophone)
'Both the pianist Jonathan Plowright and conductor Łukasz Borowicz are champions of neglected Polish music and this disc's place in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series makes it self-recommending' (BBC Music Magazine)
'Mr Plowright is fully able to deal with the fiendish sounding technical demands in these interesting works and equally at home with the more peaceful sections … this is another splendid Romantic Piano Concerto disc from Hyperion' (MusicWeb International)
Ballade in G major, Op. 18
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 43
Piano Concerto No. 2