Last month’s One To Watch comes good in this lovely disc of Hummel rarities. Christopher Hinterhuber is terrific in these works, and seems to be fast becoming a Naxos favourite. That label also works its old and much-appreciated trick of unearthing a really excellent but little-hyped band in the Gävle Symphony Orchestra of Sweden.
-- Gramophone [2/2008]
The four concertante pieces on this imaginative disc were written between 1820 and 1833, primarily as vehicles to show off Hummel's virtuosity at the keyboard. He wrote The Return to London in celebration of his return to the capital after 40Read more years - and the visit was a triumph. The jaunty main rondo theme prompts a sequence of free variations punctuated by improvisatory passages.
The Variations and Finale offers a similar free formula, again with a breezy main theme, while Oberons Zauberhorn ("Oberon's Magic Horn") uses material from Weber's opera which was being performed at the time. Surprisingly little of Weber's material is involved but it makes a colorful piece with a strikingly dramatic opening and with a storm sequence full of tremolos and horn fanfares. The Variations in F date from 1820, a simpler set, well varied, with a cadenza near the end and an emphatic close.
Christoper Hinterhuber, who has already recorded piano music by CPE Bach for Naxos, is a first-rate soloist, accompanied by the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, one of the oldest in Sweden, under its German music director Uwe Grodd. An excellent disc of long-buried rarities, well-worth hearing.
--Review by Edward Greenfield, Gramophone, February 2008 Read less
Works on This Recording
Le Retour à Londres, Op. 127by Johann Nepomuk Hummel Performer:
Christopher Hinterhuber (Piano)
Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1831; Weimar, Germany
Le retour de Londres, Op. 127: Le retour a de Londres, Op. 127
Variations and Finale in B flat major on theme from Das Fest der Handwerker, Op. 115
Oberons Zauberhorn, Op. 116
Variations in F major, Op. 97
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ExcellentJuly 2, 2014By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"Austrian pianist Christopher Hinterhuber demonstrated world class talent in his recent outstanding series of recordings featuring the piano concertos of Ferdinand Ries (an excellent series of which Naxos should be proud- check it out if you are unfamiliar with these recordings). Here he is at it again, with four fine works for piano and orchestra by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. With solid orchestral backing by Sweden's Gavle Symphony Orchestra, Herr Hinterhuber brings Hummel's classical/early Romantic style to life with delicacy and panache. All four compositions are full of sprightly melodies and feature tight soloist/orchestration interaction. All in all, a most delectable recording- recommended all the way."Report Abuse