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The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 74: Sterndale Bennett / Shelley, BBC Scottish Symphony

Shelley,Howard
Release Date: 03/02/2018 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68178  
Composer:  W. Sterndale Bennett
Performer:  Howard Shelley
Conductor:  Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.71, the "air-spun brilliance and stylistic elegance which Gramophone so admired in Howard Shelley’s previous recording of Sterndale Bennett is in abundant evidence. He leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from the piano in Bennett's first three piano concertos.

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REVIEW:

Shelley savors and often sculpts the virtuoso flights of fancy – and, in general, elicits a wealth of expressive detail from material that might appear unremarkable on its surface. What impresses most in his interpretation is how he makes the ornamental sound meaningfully expressive. This generously packed, beautifully recorded disc is simply revelatory.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 9 by W. Sterndale Bennett
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Conductor:  Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; England 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 4 by W. Sterndale Bennett
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Conductor:  Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; England 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 1 by W. Sterndale Bennett
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Conductor:  Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Romantic Delight May 18, 2018 By Timothy Snider (Charlottesville, VA) See All My Reviews "This recent addition to the Hyperion Romantic Concerto series is another winner. The material at times is not inherently memorable, but Shelley's immaculate pianism and sensitive conducting from the keyboard make the performance memorable. His skillful execution of Bennett's decorations of the thematic material make it more compelling. Bennett's piano concertos are unlikely to enter the standard repertoire anytime soon, even if pianists with sufficient technical skill would tackle the challenge that they represent. That is all the more reason to acquire this disk, which is superlatively recorded, as all listeners who have enjoyed earlier disks in this series have come to expect." Report Abuse
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