Kletzki: Piano Concerto (Piano Concerto/ 3 Preludes/ 3 Unpublished Piano Pieces/ Fantasie) (Joseph Banowetz/ Paul Kletzki/ Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/ Thomas Sanderling) (Naxos: 8.572190)
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Treated 'like a son' by Wilhelm Furtwangler and admired by Toscanini as both composer and conductor, Paul Kletzki was active as a composer between 1921 and 1942, relinquishing this creative outlet to become famous solely as a conductor.
All the works on this disc are adventurous, sometimes improvisatory, tonal pieces which push the pianist's technique and musicianship to the limit. The Fantasie is a colossal work of highly contrapuntal music, a sonata comprising four movements joined together within a single continuous movement, while the Piano Concerto may be counted among the most significant twentieth-century contributions to the genre.
Joseph Banowetz has been described by Fanfare as"a giant among keyboard artists of our time."