[ Brilliant Classics / CD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 1 December 2010
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Johann Nepomuk Hummel has lived for a long time in the shadow of Beethoven. Only in recent years has his true importance become apparent: a dramatic style, a great sense of musical structure and craftsmanship, alternating drama and charm.
Hummel was a great piano virtuoso of his time (considered by many superior to Beethoven), clearly highlighted here in these piano septets, in which the piano plays an important role in dazzling cascades of arpeggios and runs all over the keyboard.
These are delightful works, irresistibly played on authentic instruments in new recordings by Solamente Naturali.
Authoratative liner notes by Hummel-scholar Didier Talpain are included.
Septet Op.74 for piano, flute, oboe, horn, viola, cello and double bass
Septet Op.114 'Military' for piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello and double bass