Dora Pejačević: Phantasie concertante, Op. 48, for piano and orchestra – Volker Banfield, Ari Rasilainen, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Phantasie concertante in D minor, Op. 48 (1919)

A thrilling, lushly scored late Romantic piano concerto by Croatian composer Dora Pejačević (1885-1923). A member of the Pejačević noble family, she studied music privately in Zagreb, Dresden and Munich, but was largely self-taught in composition. The Countess Pejačević achieved considerable success as a composer in a male-dominated society, earning performances of her G minor Piano Concerto (1913) and Symphony in F sharp minor (1920) by prominent European orchestras. The 1913 piano concerto was the first work by a Croatian composer in the genre. In 1921, she married the Austrian officer Ottomar von Lumbe. Together they moved to Munich, but two years later, Pejačević passed away due to kidney failure shortly after giving birth to her first child. Over the course of her career, she composed 57 catalogued works, including two piano sonatas, numerous miniatures for piano, Lieder, chamber music, an orchestral overture, a symphony and two piano concertos.

Pianist: Volker Banfield
Conductor: Ari Rasilainen
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Note: If you enjoyed this recording, you will probably enjoy the piano concerto by Russian composer Issay Dobrowen, also available on my channel. There are numerous similarities in style.…

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