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Schumann, Grieg, Saint-Saens Piano Concertos

Howard Shelley

Schumann, Grieg, Saint-Saens Piano Concertos

... refreshingly invigorating and moving
CHAN10509 (Chandos)
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1
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - I. Allegro affettuoso

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - I. Allegro affettuoso

Composer Robert Schumann
Soloist Howard Shelley
Band Opera North Orchestra
12:57 Play $5.10
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Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso

Composer Robert Schumann
Soloist Howard Shelley
Band Opera North Orchestra
04:42 Play $1.70
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Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - III. Allegro vivace

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - III. Allegro vivace

Composer Robert Schumann
Soloist Howard Shelley
Band Opera North Orchestra
10:23 Play $5.10
4
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 - I. Allegro molto moderato

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 - I. Allegro molto moderato

Composer Edvard Greig
Soloist Howard Shelley
Band Opera North Orchestra
11:56 Play $5.10
5
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 - II. Adagio

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 - II. Adagio

Composer Edvard Greig
Soloist Howard Shelley
Band Opera North Orchestra
06:24 Play $3.40
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Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 - III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 - III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato

Composer Edvard Greig
Soloist Howard Shelley
Band Opera North Orchestra
10:11 Play $5.10
7
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 - I. Andante sostenuto

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 - I. Andante sostenuto

Composer Camille Saint-Saens
Soloist Howard Shelley
Band Opera North Orchestra
09:59 Play $3.40
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 - II. Allegro scherzando

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 - II. Allegro scherzando

Composer Camille Saint-Saens
Soloist Howard Shelley
Band Opera North Orchestra
05:48 Play $3.40
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 - III. Presto

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 - III. Presto

Composer Camille Saint-Saens
Soloist Howard Shelley
Band Opera North Orchestra
06:36 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 79 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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For the first time presented on the same album, Howard Shelley with the Opera North Orchestra presents a lively interpretation of Robert Schumann's only completed Piano Concerto, Grieg's single Piano Concerto and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor.

This album is licensed for download from Chandos Records.

Download includes - cover art, booklet
Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley is an award winning British conductor and pianist who debued as a conducor in 1985 and as a pianist at the young age of 10 on television where he gave a recital of Bach and Chopin.
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Opera North Orchestra

Opera North Orchestra

The Opera North Orchestra is the latest orchestra to join the Classic FM family. It is the only ensemble in England to have a year-round dual role in the opera house and concert hall.

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Produced by Rachel Smith

'I think many listeners will agree with me that this is the most finely realised and ravishingly beautiful Schumann Concert to have come for a long time... Both performances are on a high level, distinguished by the singularity of intent possible with the conductor as soloist, but without doubt, it's the Schumann Concerto that steals the show. On the basis of its virtues alone this recording must be very highly recommended.' International Record Review


'Here's something that's well worth pointing out: a modern version of Schumann's Piano Concerto that actually sounds like Schumann. Howard Shelley's performance is refreshingly free from empty showmanship or narcissistic ‘pianism'. It uncovers nervous volatility, refined tenderness and dreamy lateral thinking associated with great solo piano works... without for a moment sounding contentious or didactic... The Grieg and Saint-Saëns are also full of lovely things, especially the slow movement of the Grieg - this music can touch without being the slightest bit sentimental or oversweet.' BBC Music Magazine

Pianist and conductor, Howard Shelley presents a fast-tempo, powerfully upbeat combination of the works of Schumann, Grieg and Saint-Saëns.

Drawing on a lifetime of experience as both pianist and conductor, he presents a lively and modern interpretation of these well known and loved piano concertos. Shelley's interpretation is dramatic, powerful and intense and each of these recordings is filled with a rich sense of warmth and depth.

Credits:

Howard Shelley - piano
Opera North Orchestra
Rachel Smith - producer
Sound Engineer/s - Ralph Couzens and Jonathon Cooper (assistant)

Recorded in Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall on the 4th and 5th of July 2008

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