[ Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto Vo 48 / CD ]
Release Date: Saturday 20 June 2009
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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.
'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)
'Both works contain arrestingly characterful and lovely things. Benedict's aim is to dazzle his listeners with dashing brilliance … Shelley is a beguiling player … fresh, fluent, lucid, suave and never tempted to oversell' (The Sunday Times)
'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)
'The TSO plays with the punch and style of the 40s movie studio orchestras … and the works are simply delightful … with a classy piano leading the way, this great find is simply magical gold laced with genius. The quickest way to cut through jaded classical ears is with a dose of this gem' (Midwest Record, USA)
Piano Concerto in C minor, Op 45 Sir Julius Benedict (1804-1885)
Piano Concerto in E flat major, Op 89 Sir Julius Benedict (1804-1885)
Concertstück in E minor [11'36] Walter Macfarren (1826-1905)