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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 29 - Moscheles / Shelley

Album Summary

>Moscheles, Ignaz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 56
>Moscheles, Ignaz : Concerto for Piano no 3 in G minor, Op. 60
>Moscheles, Ignaz : Anticipations of Scotland
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With this 29th volume in the Romantic Piano Concerto series, Hyperion commences a cycle of three CDs that will include all eight of Moscheles' piano concertos. Moscheles, though born in Prague, was a truly cosmopolitan figure. His musical roots were in the Viennese classics of Mozart and Beethoven and he was one of many pianist composers (like Hummel) who bridged the gap between the classical and Romantic periods. His concertos were written in the 1820's and 30's.

'Very agreeable music of the Romantic era, well constructed and melodious. Highly recommended' (International Record Review)

'Two concertos in richly-textured performances, full of decorative appeal and romantic melody' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Highly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Howard Shelley... in his triple role of pianist, conductor and producer, offers yet another disc of aristocratic brilliance and distinction' (Gramophone)

'Shelley is one of our finest pianists and an excellent musician, and his playing has that crisp clarity which energises and highlights the music... Hardly a dull moment during this highly enjoyable disc' (musicweb.uk.net)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Both the Second and Third Concertos bristle with enough savage jumps and hurdles to throw a less than first class performer; woe betide the pianist without flawless scales and arpeggios (often twisting into awkward and unpredictable patterns). Moscheles' contemporaries, hungry for heart-stopping acrobatics, surely left the concert hall thrilled and gratified. But there are also many fascinating purely musical surprises.

Most engagingly, Moscheles was highly responsive to local colour, paying tribute to his adopted city of London in his Fourth Concerto by quoting the 'March of the Grenadiers' and, in his Anticipations of Scotland: A Grand Fantasia, to folk songs and dances north of the border. Who can resist the assurance of 'Auld Robin Grey' (though even he breaks out into a flash of virtuosity) or a strathspey sufficiently perky to set all true Scotsmen's blood tingling.

The recordings, made in Tasmania, are excellent, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra enter into the spirit of things with verve and affection. In short, a disc of aristocratic brilliance and distinction.



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>Moscheles, Ignaz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 56
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (08/07/2001-08/09/2001)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1825

>Moscheles, Ignaz : Concerto for Piano no 3 in G minor, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (08/07/2001-08/09/2001)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1820

>Moscheles, Ignaz : Anticipations of Scotland :: A Grand Fantasia, Op. 75
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (08/07/2001-08/09/2001)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic