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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This 58th volume of the Romantic Piano Concerto series presents two composer-pianists who contributed to Liszt’s piano extravaganza Hexaméron (1837).
Thalberg (who would be celebrating his 200th birthday in 2012) famously took part in a pianistic ‘duel’ with Liszt, and was popularly acclaimed as the greatest pianist in the world during his lifetime. He only wrote one piano concerto, and that in his teens, but it is a brilliantly effective showpiece for virtuosity and stamina, the pianist’s hands barely leaving the piano. Johann Peter Pixis has now been consigned—perhaps unfairly—to the oblivion where so many early 19th-century composers dwell. These are world premiere recordings of his charming Piano Concerto and
Howard Shelley, undisputed master of the music of the early Romantic period, directs the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from the keyboard with his usual insouciance and poise.
Works on This Recording
Featured Sound Samples
Piano Concertino in E flat (Pixis): II. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto in F minor (Thalberg): III. Rondo: Allegro
Berenice (Orlandini): "Col versar, barbaro, il sangue"
Average Customer Review: ( 4 Customer Reviews )
Romantic period piano January 31, 2018
By Marilynn G. (Danville, CA) See All My Reviews
"I love this CD!!! More 'obscure" pieces and composers are harder to find, but not on ArkivMusic! Recommend this to anyone who likes light, pretty music!"
How quickly we forget June 6, 2013
By David H. (Edmonton, AB) See All My Reviews
"I agree that these concerti are presented professionally, and taken on their own are very enjoyable. However, one should listen to Michael Ponti's recording of the Thalberg to see that Shelley's competent technique is pushed to the limit in this piece. There is a similar world of difference between Shelley's competent Hummel, and the different universe occupied by Stephen Hough."
Great Performance of Totally Unfamiliar Repertoire March 12, 2013
By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews
"I agree completely with John E.'s comments. Volume 58 in Hyperion's amazing Romantic Piano Concerto series features works by two truly unfamiliar composers- Johann Peter Pixis and Sigismond Thalberg. Both apparently wrote very few works for piano and orchestra, and both lapsed into musical oblivion after enjoying initial success. Now these two artists receive a re-introduction to the modern musical world, thanks to the splendid work of conductor/pianist Howard Shelly and the very fine Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Restrained and highly refined orchestral accompaniment backstops the fluid and strongly lyrical piano scores in the 'classical' tradition of high Romantic Era piano concertos. I found this recording to provide a most rewarding listening experience,and I am sure you will too. Hats off to Hyperion for yet another luxurious piano concerto initiative! Strong recommendations."