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The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 56: Friedrich Kalkbrenner / Howard Shelley

Album Summary

>Kalkbrenner, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 2 in E minor, Op. 85
>Kalkbrenner, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 107
>Kalkbrenner, Frédéric : Adagio ed Allegro di bravura, for piano & orchestra, Op. 102
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

If the name Friedrich Kalkbrenner is familiar at all, it is probably for his famous suggestion that Chopin would benefit from three years of study with him (a bold offer the Pole wisely turned down). However, as Hyperion's ever expanding Romantic Piano Concerto series has repeatedly shown, received historical opinion and musical quality do not always go hand in hand. With Volume 56 we reach the second and final installment of Kalkbrenner's concertos, dazzlingly played by Howard Shelley, directing the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from the keyboard. While Kalkbrenner was not afraid to write big, bold orchestral introductions, it is when the pianist makes his entry that you realize what a jaw dropping player he must have been, with writing of such glittering, glistening panache that it must have had those polite salon ladies reaching for their smelling salts.

"Shelley attacks it all with gleeful extravagance. He is also directing the Tasmanian Symphony from the piano as he plays music of often atrocious difficulty, which is something of a tour de force in itself. It's great fun." -The Guardian

Gramophone Magazine
What is remarkable about Howard Shelley's performances is the insight they offer into the era itself...Shelley is a formidable presence both as soloist and conductor. Yes, he has the technique and dexterity to play this music; but he also understands how to make the most of the orchestral writing...There's a considerable grace to his playing too - his immersion in repertoire of this period has given him an innate understanding of what makes it tick.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (06/23/2012-06/26/2010).



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Works Details

>Frédéric Kalkbrenner (1785 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 2 in E minor, Op. 85
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (06/23/2012-06/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1826

>Frédéric Kalkbrenner (1785 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 107
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (06/23/2012-06/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1829

>Frédéric Kalkbrenner (1785 - 1849) : Adagio ed Allegro di bravura, for piano & orchestra, Op. 102
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (06/23/2012-06/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830