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The Romantic Piano Concerto vol 48 - Benedict, Macfarren / Shelley, et al

Album Summary

>Benedict, Julius : Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 45
>Benedict, Julius : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 89
>Macfarren, Walter : Konzertstück for piano & orchestra in E minor
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The piano concerto was popular in Victorian London and was often included in the typically mixed orchestral concert programs of the period. Julius Benedict's concertos are firmly based on classical models, but they have hints of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and even Rossini in their occasional touches of compositional humor. Benedict's second and third concertos are featured on this disc. Walter Macfarren had a long career as a piano teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. His only extant work for piano and orchestra is the Concertstuck. As always, Howard Shelley and his orchestra breathe new life into these forgotten works, which like all of the repertoire in this series, deserve rediscovery.

"You'll surely go away whistling and humming Benedict's tunes; but the Macfarren is a pleasant enough palate cleanser, and as you might reasonably expect from Hyperion's estimable "Romantic Piano Concerto" survey all of the music on this program benefits gratefully from top-rank performances and sound." -American Record Guide

'Pianophiles and collectors of rarities will gravitate to this beautifully performed disc. It's a tour-de-force of pianism-plus-directing from Howard Shelley' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Howard Shelley, conducting from the keyboard, produces blistering accounts of the solo parts, and his Tasmanians play their hearts out. The recorded sound is fine, too. Recommended with every enthusiasm: 70 minutes of unalloyed pleasure' (International Record Review)

'Both works contain arrestingly characterful and lovely things. Benedict's aim is to dazzle his listeners with dashing brilliance ... Shelley is a beguiling player ... fresh, fluent, lucid, suave and never tempted to oversell' (The Sunday Times)

'The TSO plays with the punch and style of the 40s movie studio orchestras... And the works are simply delightful... With a classy piano leading the way, this great find is simply magical gold laced with genius. The quickest way to cut through jaded classical ears is with a dose of this gem' (Midwest Record Review, USA)



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Works Details

>Benedict, Julius : Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 45
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (04/01/2008-04/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Benedict, Julius : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 89
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (04/01/2008-04/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Macfarren, Walter : Konzertstück for piano & orchestra in E minor
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (04/01/2008-04/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881