Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Romantic Piano Concerto · Vol. 36 · Moscheles 4 & 5

The Romantic Piano Concerto · Vol. 36 · Moscheles 4 & 5
FLAC | Booklet | 287 MB | 2005

Howard Shelley (piano), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Howard Shelley (conductor)

'You have to hand it to Howard Shelley. It's one thing to lead a concerto from the keyboard, but to do this when the solo part is so demanding and with such insouciance is quite another thing … Completed by Henry Roche's trenchant and engaging booklet notes, this is an issue which I cannot praise too highly' (Gramophone)

'Imagine Paganini's Rossinian verve, Schumann's poetic sensibility and Mendelssohn's gentle humanity rolled into one, and you won't be far from the sound-world of these wonderful concertos' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Directing the performances from the keyboard, Shelley takes every prestidigitational hurdle with immaculate precision and aristocratic aplomb. He displays an exemplary range of touch and fluidity, communicates an intense pleasure in the music and indeed seems to revel in its abundant charm. The recording is of the same excellent standard as previous releases in this series. Listeners who have already enjoyed the other Moscheles concertos will not hesitate; if you haven't, this is a good place to start' (International Record Review)

'Pianist-conductor Howard Shelley... delivers very fine and sensitive performances on a Steinway piano. This recorded is a valuable addition for listeners interested in building their collection of nineteenth-century concertos or in tracing the history of the genre' (Nineteenth-century Music Review)

'All in all, if you're curious about this repertoire, I'd recommend you turn to the Hyperion series. This latest installment is as good a place as any to start' (Fanfare, USA)

Piano Concerto No 4 in E major, Op 64 Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870)
Piano Concerto No 5 in C major, Op 87
Recollections of Ireland, Op 69



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