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The Classical Piano Concerto 4: Kozeluch

The Classical Piano Concerto 4: Kozeluch


Kozeluch:

Piano Concerto No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 5

Piano Concerto No. 6 in C major


Leopold Kozeluch—another composer-pianist trying to make his way in 1780s Vienna—has not been treated kindly by posterity, suffering that posthumous obscurity shared by so many of Mozart’s contemporaries. But his brand of Rococo galanterie, much in evidence in these three piano concertos, is guaranteed to delight, especially in such affectionately attentive performances as these.

“It’s impossible to imagine more compelling performance of this music- Howard Shelley is truly a rescuer of lost musical souls.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

“Kozeluch’s mellifluous, sophisticated music is well served by this welcome recording.” MusicWeb International, 15th February 2017

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The Classical Piano Concerto 3: F X Mozart & Clementi

The Classical Piano Concerto 3: F X Mozart & Clementi


Clementi:

Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 33, No. 3

Mozart, F X:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 14

Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 25


Howard Shelley (piano & conductor)

Sinfonieorchester St Gallen

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here

Franz Xaver Mozart was born just four months before the death of his father, Wolfgang Amadeus. A pianist of similarly precocious talent, he nevertheless wrote just two piano concertos: coupled with Clementi’s only surviving essay in the genre, they make a sparkling addition to our Classical Piano Concerto series.

“All three works receive splendid advocacy from Howard Shelley (a stalwart of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series, and also a tireless champion of Clementi’s solo piano music) and the incisive St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, who offer especially piquant wind playing and some delightfully teasing rubato as the theme reappears time and again in the Rondo finale of the E flat concerto.” Presto Classical, 5th August 2016

“Shelley tucks into the solo part [of the First Concerto] with almost nonchalant ease, alive to every colour change as Franz Xaver darts momentarily into minor keys…the delightfully capricious rondo finale is given with tremendous élan…[he finds] a superb translucency [in the Second Concerto] even at the lowest register. He brings a real poignancy to the halting, minor-key slow movement, while the finale is brought to life with an unobtrusive felicity” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

“His first piano concerto, from 1809, is a homage to Mozart senior’s Viennese concertos; bursting with sparkling pianism and delightful, lyrical themes, it could almost be an exercise in clever pastiche. The second, however, is more distinctly his own; noble and broad in conception with some bravura writing for the soloist, engagingly played here by the admirable Howard Shelley.” The Guardian, 4th September 2016 ****

“[these concertos are] handled with dexterity by Howard Shelley and the Swiss St Gallen orchestra alike” Classical Ear, 15th November 2016

“Howard Shelley and the orchestra take the listener on an emotional journey” Financial Times, 29th July 2016

Presto Disc of the Week

5th August 2016

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The Classical Piano Concerto 2: Steibelt

The Classical Piano Concerto 2: Steibelt


Steibelt:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major 'L'orage', Op. 33

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'À la chasse' Op. 64

Piano Concerto No. 7 in E minor 'Grand concerto militaire'


Howard Shelley (piano & conductor)

Ulster Orchestra

Howard Shelley and the Ulster Orchestra return for a second volume in Hyperion’s new Classical Piano Concerto series. Daniel Steibelt—the man who dared to challenge Beethoven and lost—ruled the keyboards of northern Europe for a quarter of a century, his own concertos as sensationally popular as their composer was ostentatious.

“the disc as a whole is worth hearing for Shelley, but otherwise I'd suggest that Steibelt is a niche interest” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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The Classical Piano Concerto 1: Dussek

The Classical Piano Concerto 1: Dussek


Dussek, J L:

Piano Concerto in G major, Op. 1, No. 3

Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 29

Piano Concerto in E flat major, Op. 70


Howard Shelley (piano & conductor)

Ulster Orchestra

Following on from Hyperion’s hugely popular ‘Romantic Piano Concerto’ series, the ‘Classical Piano Concerto’ focuses on the lesser-known concertos from the dawn of the genre. Between about 1770 and 1820—the high classical period dominated by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven—musicians including Clementi, Cramer, Dussek, Steibelt, Woelfl and others made their names as composers and performers of piano concertos. This series aims to be the first in-depth recorded survey of this forgotten repertoire.

This first volume features three of Bohemian virtuoso Jan Ladislav Dussek’s eighteen piano concertos, taken from different points in his career. As a group, these pieces are a fascinating study, with most of the earlier works largely reflecting the Mozartian model, and the later ones revealing stylistic traits sometimes at odds with the late eighteenth-century conception of the form, and anticipating future developments in the genre.

There could be no finer guide to the hidden gems of this repertoire than Howard Shelley, whose recordings of Clementi keyboard works, and Mozart and Hummel piano concertos, have received such acclaim. He appears here as pianist / conductor with the Ulster Orchestra.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Shelley has been a stalwart of the Romantic series of concertos, and so it seems fitting that he has been chosen to do the honours here. He brings his customary elegance to every bar, and it's a delight to listen to him, with immaculate passagework and tender playing in the slow movements. I look forward to hearing further volumes in this series!” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 21st July 2014

“bright, buoyant and restlessly busy” Financial Times, 20th August 2014

“Whatever one's reaction to and perception of Dussek's music, Shelley's role in this enterprise should not be lightly acknowledged...This is skill and dedication of a high order and I can't think of another living pianist who can equal him in this particular field of musical endeavour.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

“This disc presents three refreshing and delightful pieces to launch a new classical piano concerto series from Hyperion...One must applaud both Hyperion’s enterprise and Shelley’s dedication to bring this music to our attention.” International Piano ****

Presto Disc of the Week

21st July 2014

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