J B Cramer: Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5
Howard Shelley, London Mozart Players
Hyperion CDA 68270 @ £15 plus P&P
About the CD ... Listening to these fluent, expressive performances, it’s difficult to see how even Cramer—one of the great virtuosos of his day—could have matched the effortless mastery so characteristic of Howard Shelley’s pianism.
Gramophone “Cramer’s piano writing in and of itself is ingenuous, idiomatic and alive, and almost always holds your attention…It takes a special kind of pianist to make certain pieces sound better or more important than they actually are, and Shelley certainly knows how to sell Cramer. His inflections of phrase convey palpable tension and release, while long, sustained cantabiles unfold with vocally orientated modulation.“
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