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  • Orchestra: Budapest Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Tamás Pál
  • Composer: Johann Nepomuk Hummel
  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000013Z4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
2. Larghetto
3. Rondo: Allegro Moderato
4. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
5. Larghetto
6. Finale: Vivace

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. L. Taylor on 9 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
These concertos foreshadow Chopin to some extent.Hummel's slow movements are out of this world,and he always finishes with a third movement that leaves you feeling glad to be alive.Not Beethoven or Mozart maybe,but well worth listening to!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Matthews on 27 Oct. 2012
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I don't usually like comparing a composer to other composers, but Hummel really strikes me as being a cross between Mozart, Field and Mendelssohn... Certainly for me these concertos have a late-Mozart-Piano-Concerto feel about them, and the melodies remind me a lot of Mendelssohn's concertos. The influence of Mozart is of course unavoidable as Hummel was a pupil of the great man, and even lived with him for a time, and similarly Hummel later taught Mendelssohn and obviously influenced his style greatly.
These works are instantly accessible and a great joy to listen to. There is nothing revolutionary about them, so (like Mendelssohn's concertos) don't expect any tricks or devices here you won't have heard previously - which is probably why Hummel has been left to the higher shelves of music history and was largely forgotten until modern times, especially considering his main contemporary was the mighty (and revolutionary) Beethoven - however, sometimes you just need something simple and beautiful. That's not to say that these pieces are in any way boring, far from it, they contain catchy tunes, highly virtuosic passages requiring great skill to play, beautiful slow movements, and brauvado endings that would have made even Beethoven jealous.
I have no other performances to compare to, but to me they sound flawless and in a manner suited to the material (for want of a better word: "safe"). The recording quality is superb, as expected from the (amazingly good value for money) Naxos label.

A great purchase.

UPDATE 28/08/2013:
I have since listened to the Stephen Hough recording of these works, and while they are sublime and I am indeed a fan of Hough, I would have to say I prefer the Naxos recording more; the performances are flawless and the tempos are much more sensible than Hough's interpretation (in my opinion). But then again why not try both!?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rc_rc on 15 Dec. 2011
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this is a very good performance and top notch recording quality of these smashing concertos, better than Hough's equivalent recording on Chandos (which is plummy and over-romantic in my opinion)
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By Stephen Ross on 2 Aug. 2014
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I like most classical music lovers wish Mozart had written more piano concertos but he didn't, so where to look next.. Hummel. Okay Hummel wasn't in the same leauge as Mozart but who in that period was. Give Hummel a try and you won't be disappointed and where better to start than the ever reliable budget Naxos label, the concertos on this album are well performed and the sound quality is excellent.
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