Britten: Piano & Violin Concertos (CD)

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Annette Servadei, Sergej Azizian

“with good well-balanced recording Servadei gives a strong dedicated muscular performance…..particularly impressive in the hushed and sustained passacaglia, entitled Impromptu (3rd mvt) which provided Walton with the theme for his Variations on a theme of Benjamin Britten.” “(Azizian) His is a superb technique, marked by flawless intonation and a wide tonal range. …in the Britten he adopts a manner at once lighter in the quicksilver bravura passages and more intimate and poetic in the lyrical writing, ending in a deeply felt account of the closing pages, one of Britten’s deepest inspirations” (Penguin Guide 3 stars)

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.15 (1939, revised 1950)

  • [1] Moderato con moto 9:17
  • [2] Vivace 8:23
  • [3] Passacaglia: Andante lento 13:59

Piano Concerto D major, Op.13 (1938, revised 1945)

  • [4] Toccata (Allegro molto e con brio) 13:32
  • [5] Waltz (Allegretto) 5:21
  • [6] Impromptu (Andante lento) 9:18
  • [7] March (Allegro moderato – sempre alla marcia) 8:58