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Ammann, Ravel and Bartók - Piano Concertos

Composer Dieter Ammann
Béla Bartók
Maurice Ravel
Performer Andreas Haefliger
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2310 SACD
EAN 7318599923109
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Oct 2020
Total time 75'30

When Andreas Haefliger conceived this unusual combination of concertos it was with the aim of putting into perspective three pieces, each a unique and highly expres­sive highlight from the composers’ output. &&&That Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand and Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto fulfilled the requirements was a given: towards the end of his life Bartók wrote his most lyrically expressive concerto while Ravel, inspired by the qualities of the left hand register, wrote a piece full of dark yearning and grotesquely fauvistic dances.

The third work was more of a gamble, being a newly commissioned and not yet written concerto. The risk was a calculated one, however, given the stellar reputation of the composer Dieter Ammann, as well as Haefliger’s personal acquaintance with him. But as Haefliger himself remarks: ‘Little could have prepared me for the exceptional work I was to receive: The Piano Concerto – Gran Toccata. Keeping tradition close by as an ally in the layering of harmony and rhythm, it explodes into futuristic visions in an extremely personal language and, through its kaleidoscopic colours and pianistic virtuosity, reinvents the genre for the 21st century.’ The concerto was premiered at the 2019 BBC Proms, and Andreas Haefliger has since performed it in Boston, Munich and Helsinki, where the present recording was made. On all three occasions, he has been partnered by Susanna Mälkki, chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra which lends Haefliger eminent support in all three works.
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  Dieter Ammann
  The Piano Concerto (Gran Toccata) 31'02
01 Molto ritmico 10'49
02 Bar 272 7'59
03 Upbeat to bar 445 12'14
  Maurice Ravel
  Concerto for the Left Hand 18'48
04 Lento 8'24
05 Fig. 14 4'39
06 Fig. 46 5'45
  Béla Bartók
  Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 24'27
07 I. Allegretto 7'17
08 II. Adagio religioso 10'30
09 III. Allegro vivace 6'40
  Album total 75'30
PianoHaefliger, Andreas
OrchestraHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorMälkki, Susanna
ComposerAmmann, Dieter
Bartók, Béla
Ravel, Maurice

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