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Hummel: Piano Concertos / Shelley, London Mozart Players

Album Summary

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Concertino for piano & small orchestra in G major (revision of Mandolin Concerto, S. 28), Op. 73
>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Concerto for Piano in A flat major, Op. 113
>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Gesellschafts Rondo for piano & orchestra in D major, Op. 117
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"If Hummel represents 'the final flowering of the Mozarteum culture', he also provides a clear link to Chopin...Listen to the first movement [of the Sixth Concerto] or the opening of the final movement's Rondo alla Spagniola - 99 out of 100 people would say Chopin was the composer. Conversely, the slow movement finds Hummel in reflective Beethovenian mode...This disc is one of Howard Shelley's finest...the recorded sound is excellent..." -Nicholas, Classic CD

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These are decorous rarities played with an assured brilliance and affection. Hummel's Mozartian rather than Chopinesque bias declares itself most obviously in his Op-73 Concertino, though even here the figuration has a recognisably Hummelian froth and sparkle.

Too charming to be vacuous, such surface brio has little in common with Mozart's depth and subtlety, and for music of greater romantic range and ambition we turn to the A-flat major Concerto, with its fuller scoring and lavishly decorated solo part. Lovers of a fine-spun, operatic cantilena will warm to the central 'Romanze'. The Gesellschafts Rondo commences in solemn Adagio vein before turning to a bustling and ceremonious Vivace. It may be that Hummel 'puffed, blew and perspired' when he played but he won the admiration of Chopin (a hard master to please) and his style is infectious when projected with such unfailing expertise by Howard Shelley in his dual role as pianist and conductor. The Chandos recordings are exceptionally well balanced.



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>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Concertino for piano & small orchestra in G major (revision of Mandolin Concerto, S. 28), Op. 73
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: St. Silas's Church, London, England (01/21/1997-01/22/1997)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Concerto for Piano in A flat major, Op. 113
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: St. Silas's Church, London, England (01/21/1997-01/22/1997)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1827

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Gesellschafts Rondo for piano & orchestra in D major, Op. 117
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: St. Silas's Church, London, England (01/21/1997-01/22/1997)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1829