Saturday, May 14, 2016

Queen Elisabeth competition Elisabethwedstrijd 75 years on Spotify

And yes, sooner than I expected the circus of the Queen Elisabeth competition ( #kew2016 on Twitter) has started again! For me, in 1983, it was the first time I ever came across classical music. If you think the Eurovision song contest is alienating, try the full week of piano madness when you are in your early teens ;-) 

Especially the winner of that year, Pierre-Alain Volondat, with his robot-slow-bows is for ever imprinted in my memory… 
The nice thing about the 75 years of QEC CD box is that not only the winners are on it, but also some fine 2nd or 4th place performances, just like on the CD box with the violin performances.

Hope you will enjoy the list, also notable for the inclusion of conductor Belgian conductor Franz André, who’s LP’s are often well sought after collectors item. 
All recordings are live recordings from the competition!







-Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski
Piano concerto no 1 in Bb major
Valery Afanassiev, Russia, 1st prize 1972
Orchestre National de Belgique
Rene Defossez, conductor

-Franz Liszt
Piano concerto no 1 in Eb major
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russia, 1st prize 1956
Orchestre National de Belgique
Franz Andrér, conductor

-Franz Liszt
Piano concerto no 2 in A major
Pierre-Alain Volondat, France, 1st prize 1983
Orchestre National de Belgique
Georges-Elie Octors, conductor

-Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano concerto no 2 in c minor op 18
Wolfgang Manz, Germany, 2nd prize 1983
Orchestre National de Belgique
Georges-Elie Octors, conductor

-Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano concerto no 3 in d minor op 30
Andrei Nikolsky, Russia, 1st prize 1987
Orchestre National de Belgique
Georges-Elie Octors, conductor

-Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano concerto no 4 in G major op 58
Frank Braley, France, 1st prize 1991
Orchestre National de Belgique
Ronald Zollman, conductor

-Johannes Brahms
Piano concerto no 1 in d minor op 15
Leon Fleisher, USA, 1st prize 1952
Orchestre National de Belgique
Franz André, conductor

-Johannes Brahms
Piano concerto no 2 in Bb major op 83
Denis Kozhukhin, Russia, 1st prize 2010
de Filhamonie
Edo de Waart, conductor

-Sergei Prokofiev
Piano concerto no 2 in g minor op 16
Anna Vinnitskaya, Russia, 1st prize 2007
Orchestre National de Belgique
Georges-Elie Octors, conductor

-Sergei Prokofiev
Piano concerto no 1 in Db major op 10
Malcolm Frager, USA, 1st prize 1960
Orchestre National de Belgique
Franz André, conductor

-Frédéric Chopin
Piano concerto no 1 in e minor op 11
Jeffrey Swann, USA, 2nd prize 1972
Orchestre National de Belgique
Rene Defossez, conductor

-Frédéric Chopin
Piano concerto no 2 in f minor op 21
Cécile Ousset, France, 4th prize 1956
Orchestre National de Belgique
Franz André, conductor



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