Rosi Grunschlag / Toni Grunschlag / Paul Angerer - Dussek: Concerto for 2 Pianos; Schumann: Andante & Variations

Rosi Grunschlag / Toni Grunschlag / Paul Angerer - Dussek: Concerto for 2 Pianos; Schumann: Andante & Variations
Styles: Concerto, Chamber Music
Genre: Classical
Album: Dussek: Concerto for 2 Pianos; Schumann: Andante & Variations
Release Date: January 25, 2005
Artist: Rosi Grunschlag \ Toni Grunschlag \ Paul Angerer
Duration: 52:46

Recorded in 1968, this AAD disc of Jan Ladislav Dussek's Concerto in B flat major for two pianos and orchestra and Robert Schumann's Andante and Variations for two pianos, two cellos and horn is not an audiophile's delight, and may be best appreciated by collectors of historic recordings who don't mind inferior sound. Tape hiss, though reduced, is still too noticeable in Dussek's concerto, but much worse are the boosted treble of the two pianos and the buzzy distortion of the woodwinds and strings in the loudest passages. If the faulty reproduction is not enough to distract the listener, then the rather stuffy, old-fashioned interpretations may make connoisseurs of period practice lose patience with this CD. Duo pianists Toni and Rosi Grünschlag play cleanly enough and fairly precisely in the amiable concerto, but that is perhaps the most that can be said, since it is hard to hear all their pitches below the mid-range. But Paul Angerer and the Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper are quite lush and heavy in their accompaniment, which for an early Romantic like Dussek is too much. Schumann's Andante may be more stylistically appropriate, but the dreadfully muffled sound quality obscures most of the pianos' bass notes and makes the horn and cello parts only periodically audible.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Concerto for 2 pianos & orchestra in B flat major, Op. 63 (C. 206)
I. Allegro moderatoPaul Angerer / Rosi Grunschlag / Toni Grunschlag16:25
II. Larghetto sostenutoPaul Angerer / Rosi Grunschlag / Toni Grunschlag10:28
III. Allegro moderatoPaul Angerer / Rosi Grunschlag / Toni Grunschlag8:06
Andante & Variations for 2 pianos, 2 cellos & horn in B flat major, WoO 10 (original version of Op. 46)Paul Angerer / Rosi Grunschlag / Toni Grunschlag17:47

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