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Hummel: Piano Concerto in E, etc / Shelley, London Mozart

Album Summary

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Concerto for Piano in E major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 110
>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Concerto for piano, violin & orchestra in G major, Op. 17
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...As with Shelley's recording of the G-Major Concertino, I found myself utterly entranced. Far from 18th-century fluff, the Double Concerto, in the hands of these soloists and the London Mozart Players, emerges as a sparkling extension of Mozart's late concerto style...The Double Concerto breathes Mozart in every pore..." -Johnson, Fanfare

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Shelley is outstanding in this music, blending classical and Romantic elements perfectly.

These two concertos are wonderfully infectious.

The E major occupies a kind of bridge between Mozart and Chopin, although Mozart's depth and subtlety are in a different vein. Hummel is more of a show-off, and his music almost smiles at you, its charm and sparkle eschewing any pretentiousness. Throughout, Shelley conveys the music's joie de vivre, revelling in the figurative passagework. The Double Concerto may have been inspired by Mozart's Sinfonia concertante, K365; it doesn't have the same harmonic or lyrical variety as the E-major Concerto, but it's a charming work, especially when so persuasively played. Shelley's well-proportioned piano part is perfectly complemented by Hagai Shaham's sweet-toned violin. Shelley fulfils his dual role admirably, and the London Mozart Players respond well to his playing and conducting. The recorded sound is first-rate. A lovely disc.



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>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Concerto for Piano in E major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 110
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: Church of St Silas the Martyr, London, England (04/01/1998-04/02/1998)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 11/1814

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Concerto for piano, violin & orchestra in G major, Op. 17
  • Performers: Hagai Shaham (Violin); Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: Church of St Silas the Martyr, London, England (04/01/1998-04/02/1998)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto