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Franz Xaver Scharwenka (6 January 1850 8 December 1924) was a German pianist, composer and teacher.

Scharwenka's own compositions include an opera (Mataswintha), a symphony, four piano concertos, chamber music (all with piano part) and numerous piano pieces; his piano idiom somewhat resembles Schumann and Rachmaninoff.

Scharwenka's works were neglected for some years after his death; however, his "Polish Dance No. 1" in E-flat minor, Op. 3, No. 1, remained enormously popular. Since the mid-1990s, however, interest in his music has been rekindled, and recordings of most of his works are now available commercially. The recording of his Fourth Piano Concerto played by Stephen Hough with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster was voted Record of the Year by the British music magazine Gramophone in 1996. His Symphony in C minor, Op. 60, received its CD premiere in 2004.

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Recent Scharwenka releases

Earl Wild: The Complete RCA Album Collection
Earl Wild: The Complete RCA Album Collection

£24.95

(Sony)

Vassily Sapellnikoff / Xaver Scharwenka: The Complete Recordings
Vassily Sapellnikoff / Xaver Scharwenka: The Complete Recordings

£12.95

(APR)

Tchaikovsky / Scharwenka - Piano Works
Tchaikovsky / Scharwenka - Piano Works

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(Onyx)

Franz Xaver Scharwenka - Complete Piano Concertos
Franz Xaver Scharwenka - Complete Piano Concertos

£12.95

(Chandos)