MARCH CD OF THE MONTH
Romantic Piano Concerto series, Volume 74
Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816–1875): Piano Concertos Nos 1–3
Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor Op 1, Piano Concerto No 2 in E flat major Op 4 , Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op 9
Howard Shelley – piano, conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
The ‘air-spun brilliance and stylistic elegance’ which Gramophone so admired in Howard Shelley’s previous recording of Sterndale Bennett is in abundant evidence in this new release of the first three piano concertos.
Gramophone, March 2018 “This generously packed, beautifully recorded disc is- like so many in Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series- simply revelatory.”
Hyperion Records CDA68178 @ £11.99* + P&P ((special offer price of £11.99* until 31 March 2018. 1 April 2018 standard price of £14.25*)
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Romantic Piano Concertos series, Volume 43
Sir William Sterndale Bennett, Piano Concertos No 4 in F minor Op 19, Caprice in E major Op 22
Francis Edward Bache Piano Concerto in E major Op 18
Howard Shelley piano, conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Hyperion CDA67595 @ £14.25*
Gramophone “…neither composer could wish for a more persuasive advocate than Howard Shelley who, in his customary role as soloist and conductor, gives us an air-spun brilliance and stylistic elegance very much his own. Most refined of virtuosos, he has been admirably presented and recorded.”
The Romantic Piano Concerto series returns to England, and explores further fascinating and little-known repertoire. Indeed, the concerto by Francis Edward Bache (1833–1858) has perhaps never been performed. The composer, a pupil of Sterndale Bennett, and acclaimed at a young age by contemporaries all over Europe as a prodigious talent of whom great things were expected, died of TB at the age of 25, leaving the manuscript of his Piano Concerto in the library of the Royal Academy of Music, where it has languished until this recording. This enchanting work is a great discovery. Also on the disc are two accomplished works by the composer-pianist Sterndale Bennett. The indefatigable Howard Shelley directs the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from the piano.