Our second CD featuring piano concertos by Julius Röntgen presents
impressive Romantic music by this composer who was also an outstanding
pianist and often interpreted his own compositions. His Piano Concerto No.
3 of 1887-88, by way of exception in four movements, is more reminiscent of
Brahms and not at all of the New German School of Liszt adherents. In
December 1929 Röntgen began composing his last two piano concertos, both of
which are heard on this CD. His Concerto No. 6 has one movement and lasts a
mere fifteen minutes. The theme consists of repeated gentle wavy motion
that recurs at the beginning, in the middle, with the cadenza, and at the
end and reflects the bitonality so diligently practiced by Willem Pijper
and Paul Hindemith, two composers whom Röntgen held in admiration. His
Concerto No. 7, his last such work, has three distinct movements and an ABA
structure that would enable it to stand alone. It is Röntgen’s posthumous
triumph that his two last concertos have never disappeared from the
repertoire and have continued to be regularly performed together. Now for
almost ninety years!