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Warsaw Concerto
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1,

Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise,

Concerto in F (2nd Movement),
Piano Concerto No. 2 (Finale).
Various soloists orchestras and conductors.
DG Classikon 469-590-2 64m DDD.

A useful compilation of romantically tuned slow movements from various keyboard concertos but nothing else. The title track is a low voltage performance of Isador Goodman and a rather fallible Melbourne Symphony but involving nonetheless. On the other hand, Tamas Vasary's splendidly involved version of Liszt's First Piano Concerto is a valuable reissue. The same pianist is partnered by Janos Kulka in a serviceable recording of Chopin's 'Andante Spianato e Grande Polonaise' with a wonderfully supportive BPO proving the ace in the pack here. The compilation is completed by bleeding chunks from Gershwin's Concerto and Rachmaninov's Second by Szidon and Richter respectively. Serious collectors will already have the complete versions in their collections but as a starting point for newcomers and at a really low price this Classikon disc is good value nonetheless.

Gerald Fenech



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