The great composer/virtuoso Henryk Wieniawski wrote this concerto in 1853 - at the age of 18. But it reflects an astounding musical maturity. In particular - this concerto features a grand - theatrical air with plenty of pathos and poetry - and magnificent multiple-stopping for the solo instrument. This was a common part of the repertoire until his own second concerto supplanted it. Conventional only in its form - it is extremely innovative in its musical and technical materials - with a beautiful and heroic main theme. The second movement - a short Larghetto - is a simple yet exquisite musical prayer - demanding exquisite musical tone. The Rondo movement is an energetic movement - filled with extremely useful exercises in wrist movement and the “martelé” stroke. All in all - a majestic example of the Romantic concerto and a very valuable learning tool for the advancing player. Here - finally - in a brand new digital recording is this Romantic-era treasure - for your own discovery. This deluxe 2CD set includes a slow-tempo practice version to help you as you learn the piece.
Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp minor, op. 14, I. Allegro Moderato
Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp minor, op. 14, II. Pregheria: Larghetto
Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp minor, op. 14. III. Rondo: Allegro Ciocoso