This 59th volume of the Romantic Piano Concerto series features Jonathan Plowright, whose brilliant and utterly idiomatic performances of Romantic Polish piano music have confirmed him as a master of this repertoire. Here he collaborates with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Lukasz Borowicz to perform three very obscure but fascinating works. The music of Zelenski has already been championed by Plowright in a disc of Polish chamber music; now he performs his Piano Concerto in E flat major, which was written in 1903 and dedicated to the young Ignacy Friedman, who gave the premiere the following year.
A Piano Concerto in A flat major by Aleksander Zarzycki is also included, plus his barnstorming Grande Polonaise, an outrageous masterpiece which is unknown even in specialist piano circles.
[the Zelenski] is an imposing piece: its technical challenges are exhilaratingly dispatched by Jonathan Plowright, while no detail of its dark Slavonic colouring escapes the attention of the conductor Lukasz Borowicz. BBC ****
[Plowright] has that rare ability to turn second-rate music into masterpieces...[Borowicz] catches spot-on every tricky twist and turn and inspires the BBC Scottish players in their cracking accompaniment. We'll be hearing a lot more of him. Gramophone
Plowright shows considerable stylistic affinity with the music and plays with fire and poetry. MusicWeb