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
Hummel: Piano Works / Howard Shelley
Release Date: 04/25/2000   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9807   Number of Discs: 1
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Cramer: Concertos For Piano And Orchestra / Shelley, Et Al
Release Date: 10/22/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10005   Number of Discs: 1
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Hummel: Piano Concerto In A, Etc / Shelley, Et Al
Release Date: 04/18/2006   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10374   Number of Discs: 1
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Britten: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto / Shelley, Little
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10764   Number of Discs: 1
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Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 9, Etc / Thomson, Shelley
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8941   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
I. Toccata: Allegro molto e con brio
II. Waltz: Allegretto
III. Impromptu: Andante lento
IV. March: Allegro moderato sempre a la marcia
Piano Concerto, Op. 13: III. Recitative and Aria (1938 original version)
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Largo
III. Tempo primo
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto -
III. Rondo: Vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Molto allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco mosso -
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Larghetto -
III. Rondo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro
II. Largo -
III. Rondo alla polacca
I. Introduction and allegro. Lento maestoso -
II. Pastoral. Adagio, delicato e lontano -
III. Final Variations. Allegro molto e brillante
I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro - Molto adagio
II. Andante
III. Vivace - Tranquillo - Tempo I - Molto tranquillo - Vivace - Maestoso - Presto - Poco piu presto - Piu presto
I. Allegro - Legato - Animato - Meno mosso - A tempo -
II. Adagio, poco rubato -
III. Allegro vivace - Piu mosso - A tempo
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso -
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Adagio -
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato
I. Andante sostenuto
II. Allegro scherzando
III. Presto
I. Moderato con moto
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Finale
I. Molto moderato - Allegro - Lento
II. Theme and Variations: Theme: Moderato -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 1: Allegro ma non troppo -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 2: L'istesso tempo -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 3: Allegro -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 4: Adagio -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 5: Vivace -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 6: Andante - Poco meno mosso -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 7: Tempo di valse - Un poco meno vivo -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 8 (Orchestra tacet): Allegro -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 9 (Pianos tacet): Lento -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 10 (Orchestra tacet): Andante con moto -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 11: L'istesso tempo
I. Allegro maestoso - Animato - Molto tranquillo -
II. Adagio - Sostenuto - Animato -
III. Allegro poco moderato - Poco sostenuto - Estatico -
I. Allegro assai
II. Lento
III. Moderato e deciso ma con moto
I. Introduction: Largo ?
I. Introduction: Largo ?
III. Allegretto vivace
III. Allegretto vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Romanza: Adagio
III. Rondo
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Largo -
III. Allegro vivace
I. Moderato
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo: Adagio -
III. Finale: Allegro
Mozart: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra in D, K.App.56 - Completion Philip Wilby - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra in D, K.App.56 - Completion Philip Wilby - 2. Andantino cantabile
Mozart: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra in D, K.App.56 - Completion Philip Wilby - 3. Allegretto - Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Vivace [alla breve]
I. Allegro - Legato - Animato - Meno mosso - A tempo -
II. Adagio, poco rubato -
III. Allegro vivace - Piu mosso - A tempo
I. Larghetto -
II. Allegretto - Larghetto -
III. Finale: Vivace
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio
III. Vivace assai
I. Con moto - Meno mosso - Vigoroso -
II. Tranquillo pastoral - Adagio - Tempo I -
III. Energico - Grazioso - Moderato - Tempo I
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. Adagio maestoso - Allegro - Molto adagio
II. Andante
III. Vivace - Tranquillo - Tempo I - Molto tranquillo - Vivace - Maestoso - Presto - Poco piu presto - Piu presto
I. Fantasia: Lento con molto rubato - Allegro
II. Saltarella: Allegro vivace
III. Prelude and Fugue: Lento - quarter note = 56
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Molto lento e tranquillo
III. Vivace
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. Tranquillo, e quasi lento -
III. Allegro moderato, e scherzando
I. Allegro [Hard and bright] -
II. Poco lento, calmato - Allegro [Hard and bright] -
III. Allegro assai - Giocoso - A tempo
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
III. Largo
IV. Finale: Presto, non tanto
Theme: Un poco allegretto -
Variation 1 -
Variation 2 -
Variation 3: Un poco sostenuto -
Variation 4: Scherzando -
Variation 5 -
Variation 6 -
Variation 7 -
Variation 8 -
Variation 9: Adagio espressivo -
Variation 10: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con gran espressione
III. Finale: Allegro con spirito
Introduction - Theme -
Variation 1 -
Variation 2: Risoluto -
Variation 3: -
Variation 4: -
Variation 5: -
Variation 6: -
Variation 7: Walzer -
Variation 8: Alla marcia -
Variation 9: Presto -
Variation 10: Passacaglia -
Variation 10: Choral -
Finale fugato
I. Introduction
II. Chant d'amour I
III. Turangalila I
IV. Chant d'amour II
V. Joie du sang des etoiles
VI. Jardin du sommeil d'amour
VII. Turangalila II
VIII. Developpement de l'amour
IX. Turangalila III
X. Final


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