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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 41 - Kalkbrenner / Shelley

Album Summary

>Kalkbrenner, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 61
>Kalkbrenner, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 4 in A flat major, Op. 127
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Friedrich Kalkbrenner was a highly respected pianist in his day, though he was later eclipsed by the likes of Chopin and Liszt. Still, his First Concerto is pretty terrific; the minor key isn't used to plumb the depths of emotion so much as it is to keep the music harmonically fascinating, and you may well find yourself riveted as the composer springs one surprise after another. He sustains the 15 minutes of the opening movement effortlessly, through good tunes and brilliant keyboard showmanship, and if the music exists primarily to entertain it certainly does so with style and grace... Howard Shelley plays both works with the panache that they require, and given the fact that he seldom has much of a chance to take his hands off of the keyboard, the Tasmanian Symphony stays with him admirably every step of the way. Hyperion's sonics are also better than some other releases from this source, being well balanced and flattering to both soloist and orchestra. These truly enjoyable concertos may be rarities in the concert hall, but you may find them becoming staples at home." -Classics Today

'In Howard Shelley [Kalkbrenner] has found a pianist who not only relishes everything the composer throws at him, including ambuscades of double notes, but who plays with truly dazzling wit and style.... Shelley's effortless bravura would surely have awed and piqued the composer himself' (Gramophone)

'Kalkbrenner's First Concerto offers a truly beautiful and atmospheric slow movement...it would be a boring world if we couldn't find an hour to listen to these musical layer cakes from a bygone age' (Pianist: Recommended)

'Shelley draws committed and expressive playing from this fine ensemble [The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra], besides dispatching the demanding solo parts with unfailing élan' (International Piano)

'Shelley's fearless and seemingly impeccable technique seems to match Kalkbrenner's ideal of good piano-playing perfectly. The sound is always beautiful, those endless runs at the upper end of the keyboard register delivered as if they came easily rather than being the formidable obstacle course that they really are' (International Record Review)

'Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series is one of the most significant recording ventures in front of the public today....The standard of the Hyperion edition has been so high, and it has done so much to showcase both young and established talent, with such exceptional recording quality, that it remains without parallel. Anyone who revels in exploring the peripheries of the repertoire will enjoy this disc enormously' (MusicWeb)

'you may well find yourself riveted as the composer springs one surprise after another. He sustains the 15 minutes of the opening movement effortlessly, through good tunes and brilliant keyboard showmanship, and if the music exists primarily to entertain it certainly does so with style and grace... Howard Shelley plays both works with the panache that they require, and given the fact that he seldom has much of a chance to take his hands off of the keyboard, the Tasmanian Symphony stays with him admirably every step of the way. Hyperion's sonics are also better than some other releases from this source, being well balanced and flattering to both soloist and orchestra... you may find them becoming staples at home' (ClassicsToday.com)

'Howard Shelley is a persuasive advocate, who apart from reconstructing the Fourth with Philip Littlemore, performs these pieces with a dazzling wit and style... I have a notion that Shelley's bravura might have unsettled even the composer himself, particularly in the Fourth's finale where the soloist's effortless command of the music is absolutely stunning. Amazingly, Shelley is able to conduct as well as play these concertos with the Tasmanian players wonderfully supportive' (Classical.net)



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Works Details

>Frédéric Kalkbrenner (1785 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (05/24/2005-05/27/2005)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Frédéric Kalkbrenner (1785 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 4 in A flat major, Op. 127
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (05/24/2005-05/27/2005)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835