Egon Petri (pianoforte)
The Scottish Orchestra
Leader, Henri Temianka
Conductor, Georg Szell from St. Andrew's Hall, Glasgow
The production of Der Freischutz in Berlin on June 18, 1821, marked the birth of romantic opera. Wagner described Weber's masterpiece as the focus of the expression of all German patriotic feeling in the period following the War of Liberation against Napoleon. The overture perfectly sums up the opera, both musically and in general feeling. The magic music of the four horns at the beginning, the restless syncopations that follow, the lovely clarinet melody a little later, and the fire of the triumphant conclusion are familiar to most listeners.
(Solo pianoforte, EGON PETRI )
Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto in C minor enjoys the distinction of being one of the few classical concertos actually written in what is misleadingly known as 'classical concerto form '-presumably because this very work was taken as a model by Hummel, Chopin, and other early nineteenth-century composers.
The largo is one of Beethoven's loveliest first-period slow movements ; the very choice of key-E major after C minor-is a romantic trait, prophetic of the similar feature in the ' Emperor '.
The magnificent rondo, with its particularly striking coda, in no way falls below the level of the two preceding movements.
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