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Franz Xavier Mozart (1791-1844): Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Clementi: Piano Concerto / Howard Shelley, piano; Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen

Album Summary

>Mozart, Franz Xavier W. : Concerto for piano & orchestra no 1 in C major, Op 14
>Mozart, Franz Xavier W. : Concerto for piano & orchestra no 2 in E flat major, Op 25
>Clementi, Muzio : Concerto for Piano in C major (Op-sn 30, orchestrated by Johann Schenk)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Franz Xaver Mozart was born just four months before the death of his father, Wolfgang Amadeus. Although a pianist of similarly precocious talent, he wrote only two piano concertos. Coupled with Clementi's only surviving essay in the genre, they make a sparkling addition to Hyperion's Classical Piano Concerto series. Howard Shelley, the series' able guide, leads the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen from the keyboard.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
Shelley tucks into the solo part [of the First Concerto] with almost nonchalant ease, alive to every colour change as Franz Xaver darts momentarily into minor keys... the delightfully capricious rondo finale is given with tremendous Úlan... [he finds] a superb translucency [in the Second Concerto] even at the lowest register. He brings a real poignancy to the halting, minor-key slow movement, while the finale is brought to life with an unobtrusive felicity.

The Guardian, 4th September 2016
His first piano concerto, from 1809, is a homage to Mozart senior's Viennese concertos; bursting with sparkling pianism and delightful, lyrical themes, it could almost be an exercise in clever pastiche. The second, however, is more distinctly his own; noble and broad in conception with some bravura writing for the soloist, engagingly played here by the admirable Howard Shelley.



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>Mozart, Franz Xavier W. : Concerto for piano & orchestra no 1 in C major, Op 14
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen
  • Running Time: 25 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Mozart, Franz Xavier W. : Concerto for piano & orchestra no 2 in E flat major, Op 25
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Running Time: 25 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1818

>Clementi, Muzio : Concerto for Piano in C major (Op-sn 30, orchestrated by Johann Schenk)
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Running Time: 20 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1796