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Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 56


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If the name Friedrich Kalkbrenner is familiar at all, it's probably for his famous suggestion that Chopin would benefit from three years of study with him (a bold offer the Pole wisely turned down). But, as Hyperion's ever-expanding Romantic Piano Concerto series has repeatedly shown, received historical opinion and musical quality don't always go hand in hand. With Volume 56 we reach the second and final instalment of Kalkbrenner's concertos, dazzlingly played by Howard Shelley, directing the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from the keyboard. For all that Kalkbrenner wasn't afraid to write big, bold orchestral introductions, it's when the pianist makes his entry that you realize what a jawdropping player he must have been, with writing of such glittering, glistening panache that it must have had those polite salon ladies reaching for their smelling salts.
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Item number CDA67843
Barcode 034571178431
Release date 27/02/2012
Category Piano
Label Hyperion Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Shelley, Howard
Composers Kalkbrenner, Friedrich
Conductors Shelley, Howard
Orchestras Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
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