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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 45 - Hiller / Shelley, Tasmanian SO

Album Summary

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 5
>Hiller, Ferdinand : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 69
>Hiller, Ferdinand : Concerto for Piano no 3 in A flat major, Op. 170 ("Concerto Espressivo")
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Romantic Piano Concerto series continues to bring undiscovered works to the listening public, performed by the greatest piano virtuosos of today. The German-Jewish composer Ferdinand Hiller (1811-1885) was admired by Schumann, who described him as the exemplar of "how to combine orchestra and piano in brilliant fashion." One of the most imposing musical personalities of the nineteenth century, with close ties to the likes of Rossini, Liszt, Berlioz and particularly Mendelssohn, Hiller was nevertheless largely forgotten less than twenty years after his death as musical fashion changed. His 'Second Concerto' is a genuine forgotten masterpiece, and Hyperion has been looking for the right opportunity to record it for many years.

'[Second Concerto in F sharp minor] It is one of the gems of the genre, the first to be written in that key and with many surprising features such as the soloist kicking off proceedings fiercely and without any introduction ... No 1 is a brilliant display vehicle ... In No 3, presumed lost until recently, Hiller again strives to be innovative in terms of structure and handling of material ... Once more, one has to take off one's hat to Howard Shelley for leading such exuberant performances while simultaneously tackling demanding keyboard writing with amazing agility, innate elegance and complete stylistic empathy' (Gramophone)

'These dextrous and remarkably self-confident concertos ... are studded with delights ... As a pianist, Hiller was known for his delicate touch - and Shelley reflects that characteristic in the breathtaking finesse of his playing. At the same time, there's plenty of bravura here, too, which Shelley handles with enviable technical panache ... All in all, another triumph in this ear-opening series' (International Record Review)

'One of the more successful of Hyperion's prodigal disinterments of Romantic Piano Concertos. We have learnt from Howard Shelley's previous contributions to the series to expect brilliant and stylish playing, and he does not disappoint here. He also give full value to the lyrical elements' (BBC Music Magazine)

'It is clear that soloist/conductor and ensemble share a close musical relationship, with often-thrilling interplay occurring in the inordinate amount of back-and-forth between piano and orchestra in these works. Plenty of this is on display in the Third Concerto, a particularly fine work that balances devilishly demanding pianistic pyrotechnics with the prevailing significance of expression as specified by the composer ... Shelley's virtuosity and musicianship glisten in the opening movement, with its haunting development section ... Shelley and his TSO ensure that the F-sharp minor Second Concerto is every bit as successful, from its attention-wresting opening gambit, to the marvellously angular piano melody at about 2:08 in the Andante espressivo, to the uplifting appearance of the second subject in the major at the end of the concerto. Even the early, bravura F-minor concerto is full of deft wit and charm, its finale a magnificent and forward-looking crossbreed of waltzes by Chopin and Johann Strauss that allows Shelley to exploit his magnificent pianism to the full ... An enchanting disc' (MusicalCriticism.com)

'Ferdinand Hiller is yet another of those gifted, yet unaccountably quite forgotten romantic composers only now coming to light ... Here is another splendid entry in Hyperion's seemingly inexhaustible 'Romantic Piano Concerto' survey' (American Record Guide)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
History can be a cruel judge, for it is hard to dismiss such a confident, superbly crafted piece as the F sharp minor (Second) Concerto of 1843. It is one of the gems of the genre, the first to be written in that key and with many surprising features such as the soloist kicking off proceedings fiercely and without any introduction, the written-out cadenza opening with a subsidiary rather than principal theme, and the birdsong figuration and unusual left-hand rhythmic accompaniment in the andante espressivo.

Piano Conerto No 1 (1831) is a brilliant display vehicle in the Parisian manner of the day which, however, owes more to Chopin and Moscheles (its dedicatee) than Herz or Kalkbrenner. In No 3 (1874), presumed lost until recently, Hiller again strives to be innovative in terms of structure and handling of material, keeping his soloist fully occupied despite the work's subtitle and dominant character. Inferior they may be to No 2 but, especially in perfor- mances like these, well worth hearing.

Once more, one has to take off one's hat to Howard Shelley for leading such exuberant performances while simultaneously tackling demanding keyboard writing with amazing agility, innate elegance and complete stylistic empathy.



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Works Details

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 5
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/14/2007-05/17/2007)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1829-1831

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 69
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/14/2007-05/17/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1891

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Concerto for Piano no 3 in A flat major, Op. 170 ("Concerto Espressivo")
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (05/14/2007-05/17/2007)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 10/24/1874