Dobrzynski and Lessel: Piano Concertos / Howard Shelley, piano

Audio Samples

>Lessel, Franciszek : Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 14
>Dobrzynski, Ignacy Feliks : Concerto for Piano in A flat major, Op. 2

Album Summary

>Lessel, Franciszek : Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 14
>Dobrzynski, Ignacy Feliks : Concerto for Piano in A flat major, Op. 2
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Notes & Reviews:

This album restores the magical world of 19th-century Warsaw - the city as it was in Chopin's youth. Charming piano concertos by Lessel and Dobrzynski (a school friend of Chopin) provide perfect examples of the sources of Chopin's style. World-famous British pianist and conductor Howard Shelley regularly gives concerts in Warsaw, invited by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

BBC Music Magazine
It is seldom that recordings convey such a sense of lost beauty recovered as these in the Music of Chopin's Time series. Though rare, both these Piano Concertos have been previously recorded, yet in the hands of Howard Shelley and the Sinfonia Varsovia they yield up fresh secrets and reveal a delicate musical landscape as never before.

Gramophone Magazine
Shelley's uncanny ability to elevate good second-rate music to the level of minor masterpiece has been well documented...Few other pianists are as well equipped to deliver the virtuoso and lyrical in equally persuasive measure - his phrase-shaping and grading of dynamics...are outstanding - but to do so while conducting from the keyboard is another thing altogether. The audience applause at the end of each concerto was never more richly deserved.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sali Koncertowej Filharmonii Narodowej w Warszawie (08/25/2010/08/20/2009).



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>Lessel, Franciszek : Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 14
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Running Time: 27 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Dobrzynski, Ignacy Feliks : Concerto for Piano in A flat major, Op. 2
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Running Time: 31 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1824