Stravinsky – Complete works for piano and orchestra


Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Hyperion Records CDA67870 | 60'17


The Concerto for piano and wind … places huge demands on soloist, conductor and also recording engineers, all of whom sail through unscathed by the technical problems and the difficult sonorities
— Gramophone

With Steven Osborne as soloist, the concertante works are in exceptionally good hands … after the Capriccio's grandiose opening, Osborne's tight control of the piano's insistent, driving textures provides a firm foundation for the opening movement's unexpected humanity and charm
— BBC Music Magazine

This superb disc on which Steven Osborne manifests both his rhythmic élan and his refined sense of tonal shading, underpinning the performances with virile energy … the string-orchestra Concerto in D and two pithy orchestral miniatures complete an outstanding album
— The Daily Telegraph

Osborne and Volkov judge them perfectly—keeping the Concerto, as well as the slightly later Capriccio, on a tight rein, and threading a lucid path through the thickets and intricacies of the Movements
— The Guardian

A wonderfully ebullient, rhythmically alert performance, and the recorded sound captures the work's utterly individual sonorities very well, with crystal clarity. Volkov's conducting has a drive and energy that matches Osborne's thrilling performance of the solo part … the Capriccio is only rarely heard in the concert hall, but it deserves to be played much more often, and from Osborne it receives the most persuasive advocacy. I don't think I've heard a more immediately engaging recording of the piece … the notes by Charles M Joseph are a mine of information and the recorded sound is excellent. Philippe Entremont and Stravinsky himself are impressive in the Concerto for piano and wind but Osborne and Volkov are lighter on their toes and theirs is a really splendid performance (I can't think of a better one on CD)
— International Record Review

This fine Stravinsky series … Steven Osborne plays all with diamantine brilliance
— The Sunday Times

The outstanding work here is the Concerto for piano and wind instruments, played by Osborne in a way that finds wit in the rhythmic quirks while lending substance to the music's 18th-century references … alert accompaniments from the BBC SSO under Ilan Volkov
— Financial Times

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Song of the Volga Boatmen

Concerto for piano and wind instruments
Largo - Allegro - Maestoso
Allegro - Agitato - Lento - Stringendo
Andante rapsodico
Allegro capriccioso ma tempo giusto

Movements for piano and orchestra
Quaver = 110
Crotchet = 52
Quaver = 72
Quaver = 80
Quaver = 104

Concerto in D for string orchestra
Arioso: Andantino
Rondo: Allegro
Canon (on a Russian Popular Tune)