Jan Simon, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vladimír Válek

Tomášek: Piano Concertos No. 1 in C major and No. 2 in E flat major

Catalogue Number: SU 3819-2
Published: 7th July 2006
Genre: Orchestral
Václav Jan Tomášek (1774-1850), also known in German as Wenzel Johann Tomaschek, was the most significant Prague musician and widely respected authority of the Prague music scene in the first half of the 19th century. In his apartment on Tomašská Street in the Lesser Quarter he received such significant artists as Hector Berlioz, Niccolo Paganini, or the young Richard Wagner. Most acclaimed out of his prodigious output were his solo piano works - eclogues, rhapsodies and dithyrambs - and songs on German and Czech texts. His first concerto for piano and orchestra in C Major, Op. 18 was probably written between 1803 and 1805, as was his second concerto in E flat major, Op. 20, originally subtitled Grand Concerto for Pianoforte and Large Orchestra. Both concertos remain well within the commonly accepted boundaries of Classical style around 1800 in their overall formal structure, technical demands and conception of the solo and orchestra parts. This recording with pianist Jan Simon represents their modern premiere. Slogan: Tomášek's piano concertos in the world premiere recording
Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C major, Op. 18
1. Allegro con brio 10:31
2. Tranquillo 06:11
3. Rondo 07:15
Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek
Concerto for Piano and orchestra No. 2
4. Allegro con brio 14:02
5. Adagio ma non troppo 07:05
6. Allegro assai 07:56