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The Romantic Piano Concerto 15 - Hahn, Massenet / Coombs

Album Summary

>Massenet, Jules : Concerto for Piano in E flat major
>Hahn, Reynaldo : Concerto for Piano in E major
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Notes & Reviews:

"...[The Hahn Concerto is] the work of a charming miniaturist, elegant, witty, tuneful and economic in the French tradition putting one in mind at times of a subdued Poulenc. I defy you not to be captivated by Coombs' playing of the magical reverie which constitutes the concerto's slow movement, itself a high point among the now nearly 30 romantic concertos that Hyperion have revived thus far in the series." ***** - Nicholas, Classic CD

'These really are very good performances of two mystifyingly neglected gems of the repertoire' (BBC Record Review)

'Heavenly Hahn in this latest addition to this treasure of a series' (Classic CD)

'If you'd sooner have fraises des bois and crème Chantilly rather than foie gras and trumpets, this is for you' (Gramophone)

'Hyperion is to be congratulated for adding this work to its growing series of Hahn compositions ... high spirits and joy aplenty ... Another Romantic Piano Concerto winner from Hyperion; heartily recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Coombs believes implicitly in both compositions and his restrained brand of pearly virtuosity (right for the music) added to a considerable musical sensibility puts forward a persuasive case' (Hi Fi News)

'A thoroughly delightful piece [Hahn], well worth reviving, here perfectly coupled. A delight [Massenet].' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'One of the finest releases in Hyperion's ongoing series of Romantic piano concertos. There's no reason why these pieces aren't standard repertoire, especially in performances like this: Coombs literally plays the pants off both of them, and Ossonce matches him lick for lick. It's the genuine article, a true discovery, a collector's dream' (Classical Pulse!, USA)

'Ambas obras permiten el lucimiento del solista, y lógicamente Coombs no ha dejado escapar la oportunidad para ofrecernos unas versiones majestuosas, rebosantes de sonoridad, dotadas de un magnetismo evidente' (CD Compact, Spain)

'Stephen Coombs is at least as fine as any artist to appear from Russia in all the past 20 years. Sonics are excellent and the booklet brimming with interest' (In Tune, USA)

'A thoroughly delightful disc' (Piano International)



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Works Details

>Massenet, Jules : Concerto for Piano in E flat major
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jean-Yves Ossonce
  • Notes: 06/15/1996-06/16/1996
  • Running Time: 31 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Hahn, Reynaldo : Concerto for Piano in E major
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jean-Yves Ossonce
  • Notes: 06/15/1996-06/16/1996
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931