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The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 63: Godard: Piano Concertos no. 1 & no. 2, Introduction & Allegro / Howard Shelley, Tasmanian SO

Album Summary

>Godard, Benjamin : Concerto for Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 31
>Godard, Benjamin : Concerto for Piano no 2, Op. 148
>Godard, Benjamin : Introduction & Allegro, for piano & orchestra, Op. 49
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Howard Shelley directs the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from the piano in this latest volume of The Romantic Piano Concerto series. We have reached Volume 63 and the works of French composer Benjamin Godard, a figure who is almost totally forgotten today. He is described by Jeremy Nicholas in his booklet note as, "a composer who combines the sentimental melodic appeal of Massenet with the fecundity and technical facility of Saint-Saëns." Among Godard's oeuvre, much of the enormous amount of music he produced followed in the tradition of Mendelssohn and Schumann. With the emergence of more innovative composers, Godard's conservative idiom meant his reputation faded before his early death in 1895. However, in the three works presented here his writing for the piano exceeds the technical range of his two idols, and is often reminiscent of the bravura demands found in the concertos of Liszt and Rubinstein.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
As far as the pianism goes, Godard was evidently fully aware of the new vistas of technique and colour opened up by Liszt...The performances by the indefatigable Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian orchestra cannot be faulted.

The Guardian, 10th July 2014
Godard distrusted Wagnerism, and his two piano concertos constrain Romantic sensibilities within the classical form...The disc is a tour de force for Howard Shelley, who, in addition to coping with Godard's often vertiginous piano writing, directs all three performances from the keyboard, which is no mean feat.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
If you want just these worthy concertos in the most economic manner, the obvious choice would be Shelley. I like the additional Bizet- and Saint-Saens-style pieces. Good notes are on hand for both recordings, and Dutton does fill some Godard gaps. If you can afford it why not indulge in both?

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (2013-04-23_2013-04-24&2013-).



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Works Details

>Godard, Benjamin : Concerto for Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 31
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (2013-04-23_2013-04-24&2013-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1875

>Godard, Benjamin : Concerto for Piano no 2, Op. 148
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (2013-04-23_2013-04-24&2013-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1893

>Godard, Benjamin : Introduction & Allegro, for piano & orchestra, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (2013-04-23_2013-04-24&2013-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1880