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Part 1 from Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co. Ltd.)
Myra Hess (pianoforte)
The BBC Symphony Orchestra
Leader, Paul Beard
Conducted by SIR HENRY J. WOOD
(Solo pianoforte, MYRA HESS)
The first movement of Schumann's Piano Concerto, composed in 1841, was intended at first to stand alone as a Fantasy. Four years later the other two movements were added to complete the concerto as we know it now. It is one of the finest piano concertos in the repertoire, and it contains all those features that a -good concerto should: deep musical feeling, virtuosity, and contrast.
Unlike the simple Fifth Symphony of Schubert, which was probably written more or less for amateur performance; the No. 9 in C major is designed on very much more elaborate and imaginative lines.
The latter was written a few months before he died in 1828 and rehearsed in his lifetime, but laid aside as too difficult. It was then taken off the shelf ten years later by Schumann, and first performed under Mendelssohn at a Gewandhaus concert in Leipzig in 1839. Finally, it was brought to London and laughed out of the rehearsal room in 1844, and did not receive its first performance until 1856 at the Crystal Palace.
It may be well to remind listeners that the' C major Symphony used to be known as No. 7, but last year the BBC decided to renumber it as No. 9, as it was written after No. 8, the ' Unfinished '.
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