Howard Shelley

Biography

Born: March 9, 1950; London, England  
Howard Shelley is among the most prominent English pianists of his generation. While he has been closely associated with the works of Rachmaninov, owing to his recordings of the complete works for both solo piano and piano and orchestra, he plays a broad range of repertory that includes twentieth century British music by Alwyn, Vaughan Williams, Tippett, and Howells, and such modern British composers as Brian Chapple, Alan Rawsthorne, and Edward Read more Cowie. Since 1985 Shelley has also performed in the role of conductor.

Shelley was born in London on March 3, 1950. When he appeared on television in 1971, following his official debut at Wigmore Hall, London, earlier that year, he was already a veteran of the medium, having given his first concert on BBC television at age 10. He would go on to perform several hundred broadcast concerts for the BBC and become one of the best-known pianists ever to the British public.

1971 was also the year he graduated from the Royal College of Music in London. The following year he debuted at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, the first of many such appearances. By this time Shelley possessed an enormous technique to go along with his imaginative interpretive skills. He gravitated toward Rachmaninov in his early career and began recording all his solo piano works for Hyperion Records in 1982, finishing the project within the decade. He has also participated in several volumes in Hyperion's "Romantic Piano Concertos" series.

In 1983 he performed all the Rachmaninov solo piano works at Wigmore Hall, over several days. He began conducting in 1985, and eventually developed a relationship with the London Mozart Players, first becoming its associate conductor in 1990, then its principal guest conductor two years later. He also made numerous guest-conducting appearances throughout England, leading such ensembles as the London Symphony, Royal Philhamonic, and Philharmonia orchestras, as well as several abroad, including the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.

In 1992 he recorded all the Rachmaninov piano concertos for Chandos and also began a major Mozart project, recording all the piano concertos while leading the orchestra from the keyboard. He soon began making strictly orchestral recordings, too, like the 1994 CD of Schubert's Symphonies No. 3 and No. 5. In the new century Shelley maintained his parallel careers as conductor and pianist. He toured the United States in the winter of 2006 playing and guest-conducting Mozart, Dvorák, and many more, and in 2008 began releasing a series of the complete piano sonatas of Muzio Clementi. Read less
Mozart: Symphonies 32, 35, 38 / Shelley, Royal Philharmonic
Release Date: 03/08/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 2851   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Symphonies 3 & 5 / Howard Shelley, Royal Philharmonic
Release Date: 11/09/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28950   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 5 / Roll, Shelley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 04/12/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28850   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 / Roll, Shelley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 05/10/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28860   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: March 9, 1950; London, England  
Howard Shelley is among the most prominent English pianists of his generation. While he has been closely associated with the works of Rachmaninov, owing to his recordings of the complete works for both solo piano and piano and orchestra, he plays a broad range of repertory that includes twentieth century British music by Alwyn, Vaughan Williams, Tippett, and Howells, and such modern British composers as Brian Chapple, Alan Rawsthorne, and Edward Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Overture
Andante maestoso - Allegro moderato
Opfer
Solo di Mme Vigano
Andante grazioso
Allegretto
Marcia con moto - Allegretto
Larghetto sostenuto assai - Allegro vivace
Pastorale
Andante maestoso
Andante con moto - Allegro vivace "la furia"
Finale
Waltz No. 1
Waltz No. 2
Waltz No. 3
Waltz No. 4
Waltz No. 5
Waltz No. 6
Waltz No. 7
Waltz No. 8
Waltz No. 9
Waltz No. 10
Waltz No. 11
Waltz No. 12
Coda
I. Introduction: Largo ?
I. Introduction: Largo ?
III. Allegretto vivace
III. Allegretto vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Romanza: Adagio
III. Rondo
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Minuetto: Allegretto - Trio
IV. Allegro
I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegretto amorevole
III. Allegro ma non troppo - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I
IV. Allegro maestoso
Adagio con moto -
Rondo alla Polacca
I. Larghetto -
II. Allegretto - Larghetto -
III. Finale: Vivace
I. Allegro risoluto - Rallantando
II. Adagio
III. Rondo
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio
III. Vivace assai
I. Allegro non tanto
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivo
I. Moderato assai -
II. Larghetto
IV. Rondo a L'Espagnola
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con variazioni: [Theme] - Var. 1 - Var. 2 - Var. 3
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante [versione prima] ?
III. Rondo - Minore - Maggiore
I. Ensemble: allegro energico
II. Pas de deux: Un poco lento - Allegretto grazioso
III. Pas seul, et pas de trois a la fin: Grave - Tempo di polacca - Poco piu mosso
IV. Groteschi: Allegro non troppo ?
V. Ballo generale: Allegro molto vivace
I. Allegro
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Scherzo - Allegro vivace - Trio I - Scherzo: Trio II
IV. Finale: Maestoso - Allegro con fuoco - Molto piu animato - Presto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Finale: Allegro con brio
Theme
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3: Sostenuto ed espressivo
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6: Poco larghetto con espressione
Variation 7: Allegretto - Cadenza - Tempo I
I. Allegro
II. Romanze: Adagio
III. Rondo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante grazioso
III. Rondo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Romanze: Larghetto con moto ?
III. Rondo alla Spagniola: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro - Andantino cantabile - Primo tempo
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andantino
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro assai
I. Molto allegro con fuoco
II. Andante
III. Presto - Molto allegro e vivace - Tempo I
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Adagio - Molto sostenuto
III. Finale: Presto scherzando
I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Rondo: Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Rondo: Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto - Presto


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