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Hummel: Piano Concertos / Alessandro Commellato


Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94338  
Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As the vibrant works on this new recording demonstrate, the music of Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837) deserves to be far better known today than it is. While he was one of the most famous and celebrated composers of the Classical period, his popularity declined rapidly after his death, with the onset of Romanticism, and it is only now that musicians have begun to effect a serious revival of his repertoire.

Hummel’s parallel career as a concert pianist is evident from the sparkling virtuo- sity of the works heard on this disc, all for fortepiano and orchestra: they span his development from a young composer in the thrall of his mentor Mozart (heard in the charming Piano Concertino in G) to the drama and supreme virtuosity of
Read more his final period of creativity (Introduction & Rondo brillant in F minor). It is clear that Romanticism was beginning to take root during his lifetime; the Piano Concerto in A minor, for example, prefigures Chopin in its delicacy, and it is unsurprising that Hummel’s music proved an inspiration to the younger composer.

Alessandro Commellato, Solamente NaturaliandDidierTalpainarespecialistsin the performance of Hummel’s works, having already recorded a number of his compositions for Brilliant Classics – from chamber music to opera. As their perfor- mances demonstrate, Hummel’s music is highly deserving of revival, and will particularly delight listeners who enjoy the piano concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Recordings made in 2009 and 2010. • Includes booklet notes and a biography of Hummel.
• First recordings on period instruments.
• Previous releases of Hummel’s music on Brilliant Classics include: Piano Septets (94041), the opera Mathilde (94043) conducted by Didier Talpain, and a disc of music written for the Esterha?zy family (94115), performed by Didier Talpain, Chorus Alea and Solamente Naturali. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 85 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concertino for Piano in G major, Op. 73 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
3. Le Retour à Londres, Op. 127 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 85: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 85: II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 85: III. Rondo
Piano Concertino in G Major, Op. 73: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Concertino in G Major, Op. 73: II. Andante grazioso
Piano Concertino in G Major, Op. 73: III. Rondo
Le retour de Londres, Op. 127: I. Introduction: Largo -
Le retour de Londres, Op. 127: III. Allegretto vivace

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  5 Customer Reviews )
 Best historical pleyel June 4, 2013 By Wolfgang Ringer (Stephanskirchen, Germany) See All My Reviews "Normally I prefer the sound of temporary Steinway or Fazioli Commellato plays the pleyel making him singing, as if would have never been existing another pianoforte instrument in the world" Report Abuse
 Musik, Musik, Musik May 16, 2013 By K. Kermer (New Westminster, BC) See All My Reviews "Mr. Commellato's performance is superb and so is the orchestra's. A great find for my collection." Report Abuse
 Rondo Brilliant is really so! March 7, 2013 By Peter K. (Fort Collins, CO) See All My Reviews "I had no idea of Hummel's stature or output, so this album proved a revelation to me. The similarities to the familiar Chopin piano concertos that I love made these works immediately appealing, and the last work "Introduction and Rondo Brilliant" is particularly attractive. I'm not a great fan of original instruments, and would have preferred hearing these with a modern piano. I'm so glad I ventured beyond the familiar, though, and the price was certainly right." Report Abuse
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