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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 51: Taubert, Rosenhain

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>Taubert, Wilhelm : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 18
>Taubert, Wilhelm : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 189
>Rosenhain, Jacob : Concerto for Piano in D minor, Op. 73

Album Summary

>Taubert, Wilhelm : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 18
>Taubert, Wilhelm : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 189
>Rosenhain, Jacob : Concerto for Piano in D minor, Op. 73
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Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series continues to surprise and delight with a 51st disc of 19th century pianistic splendor. This release includes works by Wilhelm Taubert and Jacob Rosenhain. Both were near exact contemporaries with Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner and Verdi. Nearly half a century separates Taubert's two concertos. The second reflects developments in the areas of harmonic expansion, cyclic development, and, of course, increased virtuosity. It was described by Schumann as 'one of the best' and he noted the parallels between it and Mendelssohn's Op.25. Rosenhain wrote two works for piano and orchestra - a Concertino (probably written in the 1840s), and the concerto included on this disc. Although fairly conservative in its form, there is much gorgeous and masterful music here. Howard Shelley directs the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from the piano; a partnership that has garnered the highest praise for their previous Hyperion recordings.

"Bravo to Howard Shelley for learning these three piano concertos...Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concertos series, now at Vol 51, is an invaluable archive of music" -The Telegraph

"Howard Shelley's crystalline touch, poised elegance at speed and gentle flexibility are well nigh ideal."-Gramophone

"How [Shelley] manages to play these newly learnt scores with such conviction and apparent ease while conducting from the keyboard with such precision and sensitivity is one of the musical marvels of the age...The beautifully played serene Andante [of the Rosenhain] on its own is bewitching enough to make this disc unmissable" -Gramophone Magazine

'How Howard Shelley manages to play these scores with such conviction and apparent ease while conducting from the keyboard is one of the musical marvels of the age ... For those who delight in sparkling virtuoso display, the two outer movements of Rosenhain's concerto will not disappoint, but it is the slow movement that provides the most oustanding movement of the disc. This beautifully played serene Andante on its own is bewitching enough to make this disc unmissable' (Gramophone)

'Thank goodness for Hyperion!' was my initial reaction after hearing this excellent new CD in its extraordinarily successful Romantic Piano Concerto series ... Who else can one turn to for the revelation of previously unknown music which demonstrably does not deserve the neglect into which it has fallen? ... This is a brilliant CD of eminently worthwhile music ... Shelley directs from the keyboard and, frankly, I don't know how he does it: some of the tempos in the outer movements of these works are pretty hair-raising, with the pianist kept hard at it - but the orchestra is with its highly gifted player / director all the way, and ensemble is first-rate ... The result is enormously impressive - here is very good music, superbly played by these outstanding musicians, very well recorded and brought to us by a company whose very name is a byword for excellence' (International Record Review)

'Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concertos series, now at Vol 51, is an invaluable archive of music' (Daily Telegraph)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (04/12/2009-04/24/2009).



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Works Details

>Taubert, Wilhelm : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (04/12/2009-04/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833

>Taubert, Wilhelm : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 189
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (04/12/2009-04/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rosenhain, Jacob : Concerto for Piano in D minor, Op. 73
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (04/12/2009-04/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic