Prices shown exclude VAT. (UK tax is not payable for deliveries to United States.)
See Terms & Conditions for p&p rates.
The Romantic Piano Concerto 48 - Benedict & Macfarren
With Volume 48 of our groundbreaking Romantic Piano Concerto series we reach very uncharted territory indeed. Sir Julius Benedict has been all but forgotten today but he is yet another composer who gives the lie to the idea that Britain was ‘a land without music’ in the nineteenth century. Though born in Germany, Benedict settled in London in 1835, having already established a career as composer and pianist on the continent. He arrived in a city which had been the pianistic centre of Europe for the previous thirty years (though that role was shortly thereafter lost to Paris and the new generation of Romantic composers we remember today) and was soon performing his two concertinos in A flat and E flat, the latter work later being expanded into the E flat concerto recorded here. The C minor concerto was to follow in 1850. Both works are very much in the tradition of Hummel, of whom Benedict was a pupil, and combine brilliant virtuosity with an easy lyricism.
The even-more-forgotten Walter Macfarren was the brother of better-known George, an early Principal of the Royal Academy of Music. Walter was for many years a piano professor there, his pupils including Matthay and Henry Wood. His music is very much in the style of Mendelssohn and his Concertstück proves to be a very attractive work which could easily pass as one by the greater master.
“While Julius Benedict's two concertos are hardly profound, they burst with glittering opportunities for the pianist and heaps of charming melody, while Henry Wood's piano teacher, Walter Macfarren, produced a refined Mendelssohnian rhapsody in his Concertstück.” The Observer, 2nd August 2009
“Neither of these concertos reaches profound regions, yet both contain arrestingly characterful and lovely things. Benedict’s aim is to dazzle his listeners with dashing brilliance, according to the ethos of the time. Walter Macfarren’s Concertstuck, his only surviving work for piano and orchestra, shows an easy gift for flowing melody. Shelley is a beguiling player of all of these — fresh, fluent, lucid, suave and never tempted to oversell.” Sunday Times, 26th July 2009 ****
“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
In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.
Sixty Glorious Years
A Centenary Commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee
Gruss an den Bruder
When I beheld the anchor weigh’d
The Sands of Dee
Bishop, H R:
Home, Sweet Home
If we believe that Jesus died
Pack, clouds, away
Dormi, Jesu (The Virgin’s Cradle Hymn)
Martin, G C:
Short Festival Te Deum in A
O who will o'er the downs so free
Richards, H B:
Three Romances Op. 14, No. 2
Jubilee Hymn 'O King of Kings'
Usually despatched in 4 - 5 working days.
Romantics in England – Music for Cello & Piano
Recorded: Potton Hall, Suffolk, 21-23 May 2008
“Spooner's tone is rich and varied. The Edwardian "salon" lyricism of the two miniatures by Rosalind Ellicott and Quilter is sensitively understated, but there is a good deal more "in the tank" for Coleridge-Taylor's unjustly neglected and much more exotic Variations in B minor and Bainton's substantial Sonata...” Gramophone Magazine, September 2009
Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.