[ Hyperion Romantic Piano Concertos Vol 66 / CD ]
Release Date: Saturday 25 July 2015
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Henri Herz-as much a phenomenon in 1830s Paris and for the ensuing decades in America as he has been derided since the curtain fell on his world of sparkle-wrote eight piano concertos. One is lost, so it is for the final time in this mini series that Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra here get to put on their finest dancing shoes and perform the Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor (the one with which Herz conquered America in 1846) and three extended fantasies.
"Herz's talent…lay not in profundity but in pleasing the crowds, and he did that exceptionally well…Shelley by turns charms and dazzles…unless your doctor has prescribed some strict froth-free diet (and how tedious would that be) I can heartily recommend a dose of Herz." Gramophone
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 74
Grande fantaisie militaire sur La fille du régiment, Op. 163
Fantaisie et variations sur la marche d'Otello de Rossini, Op. 67
Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 30