Różycki: Piano Concertos– No 1 in G minor, Op 43; No 2; Ballade in G major, Op 18

Reviewed on Thu 25 Feb, 2016

The three works recorded here show that Ludomir Różycki’s richly Romantic imagination is deployed with confidence in orchestration and piano writing alike. Jonathan Plowright’s enquiring approach as soloist finds a like-minded collaborator in conductor Lukasz Borowicz, who secures lively playing from the BBC SSO throughout.

Volume 67 of Hyperion’s exhaustive Romantic Piano Concerto series will leave you wondering why you haven’t encountered the music of Ludomir Różycki before now. The three works recorded here show that Różycki’s richly Romantic imagination is deployed with confidence in orchestration and piano writing alike. The single-movement Ballade (1904) is generously scored to take the listener on an adventure towards a delicate conclusion, whilst the First Concerto (1917-18) is as enticing an ideal of its genre as can be imagined. The Second (1941-2) packs expressive Polish patriotism into its two movements. Jonathan Plowright’s enquiring approach as soloist finds a like-minded collaborator in conductor Lukasz Borowicz, who secures lively playing from the BBC SSO throughout. Near ideal piano/orchestral balance in the recorded sound adds to the recommendation; Adrian Thomas’s booklet notes provide a useful introduction.
–Evan Dickerson