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

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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 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
II. Largo -
III. Rondo alla polacca
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. 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. 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
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Vivace [alla breve]
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. 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
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante grazioso
III. Rondo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Romanze: Larghetto con moto ?
III. Rondo alla Spagniola: Allegro moderato
I. Fantasia: Lento con molto rubato - Allegro
II. Saltarella: Allegro vivace
III. Prelude and Fugue: Lento - quarter note = 56
No. 1. Muza (The Muse)
No. 2. V dushe u kazhdogo iz nas (In the Soul of Each of Us)
No. 3. Burya (The Storm)
No. 4. Veter perelyotniy (The Migrant Wind)
No. 5. Arion
No. 6. Voskresheniye Lazarya (The Raising of Lazarus)
No. 7. Ne mozhet bit' (It Cannot Be)
No. 8. Muzika (Music)
No. 9. Tď znal yego (You Knew Him)
No. 10. Sey den', ya pomnyu (I Remember that Day)
No. 11. Obrochnik (The Peasant)
No. 12. Kakoye schast'ye (What Happiness)
No. 13. Dissonans (Discord)
No. 14. Vocalise
No. 1. Noch'yu v sadu u menya (In my Garden at Night)
No. 2. K ney (To Her)
No. 3. Margaritki (Daisies)
No. 4. Krisolov (The Rat-Catcher)
No. 5. Son (A Dream)
No. 6. A-u!
No. 1. O net, molyu, ne ukhodi (Oh no, I beg you, forsake me not)
No. 2. Utro (Morning)
No. 3. V molchan'i nochi taynoy (In the Silence of the Secret Night)
No. 4. Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Sing not to me, beautiful maiden)
No. 5. Uzh ti, niva moya (Oh Thou, my Field)
No. 6. Davno l', moy drug (How Long, my Friend)
No. 1. Rechnaya lileya (The Waterlily)
No. 2. Ditya kak tsvetok ti prekrasna (Child, thou art as Beautiful as a Flower)
No. 3. Duma (Brooding)
No. 4. Polyubila ya na pechal' svoyu (I have Grown Fond of Sorrow)
No. 5. Son (The Dream)
No. 6. Molitva (A Prayer)


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