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Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 66 - Henri Herz (1803-88): Piano Concerto No. 2; Grand polonaise brillante; Rossini Fantasy & Variations et al. / Howard Shelley, piano; Tasmanian SO

Album Summary

>Herz, Henri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 74
>Herz, Henri : Grande fantaisie militaire, for piano & orchestra (after Donizetti's "La fille du régiment"), Op. 16
>Herz, Henri : Fantaisie et variations sur la marche d'Otello de Rossini, for piano & orchestra, Op. 67
>Herz, Henri : Grande polonaise brillante, for piano & orchestra, Op. 30
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Notes & Reviews:

Henri Herz was a phenomenon in 1830s Paris and 1940s America, but today his music is mostly forgotten. He wrote eight piano concertos, one of which was lost. Concertos 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 appear across two previous volumes of the Romantic Piano Concertos series. Here, Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra put on their finest dancing shoes to complete the cycle with Piano Concerto No.2 (the one with which Herz conquered America in 1846) and three extended fantasies.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
Herz's talent... lay not in profundity but in pleasing the crowds, and he did that exceptionally well... Shelley by turns charms and dazzles... unless your doctor has prescribed some strict froth-free diet (and how tedious would that be) I can heartily recommend a dose of Herz.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/28/2014-05/31/2014).



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>Herz, Henri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 74
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/28/2014-05/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1830

>Herz, Henri : Grande fantaisie militaire, for piano & orchestra (after Donizetti's "La fille du régiment"), Op. 16
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/28/2014-05/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Herz, Henri : Fantaisie et variations sur la marche d'Otello de Rossini, for piano & orchestra, Op. 67
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/28/2014-05/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Herz, Henri : Grande polonaise brillante, for piano & orchestra, Op. 30
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/28/2014-05/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic