Frederic Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 – Franz Vorraber, Castle Chamber Orchestra (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Frederic Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 – Franz Vorraber, Castle Chamber Orchestra (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:41:29 minutes | 816 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © K&K Verlagsanstalt
Recorded: Bad Homburg Castle, Germany

Chopin loves singing and as a singing poet of the piano, he inveigles into the universe of dreams. Chopin composed the piano concerto in e minor at the age of 20 during spring/summer of 1830 in Warsaw. It emerged shortly after his concerto in f minor and belongs to the standard repertoire of concert literature. In fall 1830, Chopin left Warsaw to go to Paris. This work is based mainly on polish dancing rhythms; especially prominent is the krakowiak in the last movement. Eventually, his work is characterized by its exceptional cantability. Chopin writes opera for the piano. He most likely performed this concerto himself in Warsaw in the same string casting it can be heard here. –Franz Vorraber

Castles and palaces have always been stimulating human fantasy, just think of the tales of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. These connotations are also shaping musical compositions, in fabulous – simply romantic music. Beautiful creations that are able to express joy, love, sorrow and grief; silence as well as jubilance, melancholia as well as exaltation to today’s audience no less that 500 years ago, differing not in time, but in a mode of feeling and perception that depends on composer, artist, performance space and – last but not least – you, dear audience. Therefore we choose the motto “Centuries of Romance” for our “Castle Concerts Series”, and, to be honest: castles and romance, that fits quite nicely.

Giving a stage to this thought is the next step. We invited Franz Vorraber in his capacity as a pianist, composer and romanticist to plan and, eventually, to realize the present production. Franz built a beautiful concertant bridge from the 18th century to his specially created contemporary composition, and arranged it for piano and string quartet explicitly according to our visions. The work is being performed by the composer as both artist and conductor with an orchestra carefully selected by himself – the result is stunning. But just lean back and listen for yourself… –Josef-Stefan Kindler

Tracklist:
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11 (Arr. for Piano & String Orchestra)
1 I. Allegro maestoso 21:20
2 II. Romanze: Larghetto 09:48
3 III. Rondo: Vivace 10:24

Personnel:
Franz Vorraber, Piano & Conducting
Castle Chamber Orchestra

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