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The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 29 Moscheles 2 & 3 [CD]

Howard Shelley , Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra , Ignaz Moscheles Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Composer: Ignaz Moscheles
  • Audio CD (8 May 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00006644G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Very agreeable music of the Romantic era, well constructed and melodious. Highly recommended' (International Record Review) 'Two concertos in richly-textured performances, full of decorative appeal and romantic melody' (The Daily Telegraph) 'Highly recommended' (Fanfare, USA) 'Howard Shelley … in his triple role of pianist, conductor and producer, offers yet another disc of aristocratic brilliance and distinction' (Gramophone) 'Shelley is one of our finest pianists and an excellent musician, and his playing has that crisp clarity which energises and highlights the music … Hardly a dull moment during this highly enjoyable disc' --(musicweb.uk.net)

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Ignaz Moscheles : Concerto pour piano n° 2, Op. 56 - Concerto pour piano n° 3, Op. 58 - Anticipations of Scotland : A Grand Fantasia, Op. 75 / Howard Shelley, piano & dir. - Orchestre Symphonique de Tasmanie

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't overlook the Third Piano Concerto. 23 Dec 2010
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Ignaz Moscheles was a Bohemian pianist and composer who was very highly regarded in his day. He was born in Prague in 1794. In 1846, having lived in London for more than 20 years, he became, at Mendelssohn's invitation, principal teacher of the piano at the newly-formed Leipzig Conservatory. He died in Leipzig in 1870. His 8 piano concertos, the last of which has only come down to us in fragmentary form, were primarily written as vehicles for his own virtuosity. He was, then, primarily a pianist rather than a composer and almost all his symphonic works were scored for piano and orchestra. His main rivals were Kalkbrenner, Herz, Hummel, Cramer and Weber, several of whose piano concertos have been revived by Hyperion for its "Romantic Piano Concerto" series.

When listening to these composers' concertante works, then, it is important to bear in mind that this music was written to fulfil a purpose. All of Beethoven's and Mozart's Piano Concertos (certainly from K.449 onwards), though similar in style, are of far greater musical worth than any of the music on this disc, for example.

However, Moscheles' concertos must not be dismissed. The two on this disc, which both date from about 1825, are well worth investigating. In fact, the Third Concerto is a very fine work indeed. It has been recorded several times before, originally by Michael Ponti (whose version, however, is ruled out of court for me because it drastically shortens the opening tutti) but also by Ivan Klansky and Ian Hobson. The opening movement is largely serious in tone and is genuinely inspired thematically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Howard Shelley on form. 10 Nov 2011
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I bought this CD because I heard it on Classic FM,where I often hear unfamiliar music. Howard Shelley is a dazzling musician and performer, and this recording shows his range and dexterity. The sound quality is clear and crisp,and this CD has provided an interesting and enjoyable addition to my collection, as it should to any lover of romantic music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Brilliant Works for the Piano 17 Sep 2002
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
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The music of Ignaz Moscheles was new to me, although I have heard the name before. He wrote 8 piano concertos in all, and numbers 2 and 3 were published around 1825. They are charming works in the classical tradition of Mozart but do not have the drama of Beethoven's last three concertos. The keyboard writing is brilliant and the orchestration is a good accompaniment. I find the concertos to be like a cross between Mozart and Chopin, having the technical mastery of the former and the lyricism of the latter. The disc includes a short work called Anticipations of Scotland: A Grand Fantasia. In fact, the work was composed before Moscheles made a visit to Scotland. The work is in 5 parts: an introduction, variations on three popular Scottish songs and a Finale. This was music designed to please his Scottish audience, and it certainly did.
I was equally unfamiliar with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. They play superbly, and Howard Shelley in the dual role of pianist-conductor is simply wonderful. The recording clarity could not be better. If you like the concertos of Mozart and Chopin, this disc is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the ranks of the great 17 July 2007
By Dexter Tay - Published on Amazon.com
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Among the "pre-romantics" that flourished in their day, Ignaz Moscheles certainly ranks as one of the most important composers for the piano that has quite sadly fallen into oblivion under the adamantine divisions of western classical music of today.

Championed by Beethoven, he was both a protégé and to some extent Beethoven's contemporary, but the influence of his development in the piano's lexicon far outstretched his exact contemporary, Schubert. This comes as little surprise, as Moscheles was primarily a virtuoso pianist-composer, who was, not just adept at writing solo piano music but also of the larger concerto form.

That it has not secured a place in the concert repertoire is a mystery and shame; the sublime G minor concerto deserves special mention and the highest recommendation to rank beside those of Beethoven's, Chopin's or Schumman's, for its sheer beauty and masterly cohesion of themes; both pianistically and in terms of orchestration. The first movement introduces a brooding theme by the strings, followed by a Lisztian/Schummanesque introduction in descending, dotted-rhythm octaves. The ensuing theme happens not to be a new theme, but a reiteration of the first theme announced broodingly by the strings. The second lyrical theme of languid beauty, albeit in diaphanous simplicity is repeated several times in the movement as the leitmotiv and lyrical respite, that at times undergoes sublime inversions and harmonic variation.

Except for the developmental section, the entire pianistic writing of the movement is not overtly virtuosic, and in this sense, the approach is very similar to say Schumann. The entire movement has more affinity and foreshadows Schumman and Liszt, more than Chopin.

The second movement astounds for its ethereal beauty, with a piano writing and harmonic language that must have enraptured the young Chopin. Moscheles' confidence shines through, right up to the last movement, quite unarguably the most virtuosic and challenging of the three. That Moscheles held a high opinion of this work is supported by his choice to perform it for his last public performance during the apogee (arguably the saturation point) of Romanticism, at the time when he had no doubt, been eclisped by the ebb and tide of younger vituosi.

The second concerto in E flat major is an attractive work that blazes with ebullience and excursions of a new musical language. Departing from the more conservative first concerto; this work shows prescient Romanticism with no holds barred, following hot on the heels of John Field, perhaps with ever more dazzling virtuosity.

A definitive work in the series to own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concerto #2 --- my favorite of the whole lot 21 Jun 2011
By chefdevergue - Published on Amazon.com
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When I listen to Moscheles' sparkling and brilliant Concerto #2 (especially the wonderful 3rd movement), I find it almost impossible to believe that Moscheles' concerti have fallen completely off the musical radar. How can this be? It seems like any virtuoso worth his salt would want to strut his stuff with these very demanding works, rather than sally forth with another well-worn rendition of the Rachmaninoff #2.

At least we have the amazing Howard Shelley trying to rescue as many of these neglected works as he can. Even while doubling as conductor for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (how nice that Tasmania can boast more than simply all those devils and Ricky Ponting), Shelley treats the listener to a dazzling performance and also imparts his obvious love and enthusiasm for these pieces. And why not? These concerti must be tremendous fun to play, for those who are able.

I particularly enjoy the two concerti on this disc because it feels that here Moscheles finds his true voice...a composer with a fair amount of experience under his belt but not yet sounding too much like his close friend and colleague Mendelssohn. These especially make me with that more of Moscheles' works would get recorded at some point. They certainly deserve to see light of day.

If I had to pick any one CD out of the whole Hyperion series, this would be the one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Anticipation to great piano virtuoso 30 Jun 2014
By Joel Kahana - Published on Amazon.com
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Moscheles was a great pianist and composer who shared his life in 19th century Germany beside Mendelssohn (a friend and supporter)Robert Schuman (a rival who discorned him as lack of talent "wrote a symphony who should not be written).
Moscheles was lucky to longlivity (1794-1870) and a left an output of 8 piano concerto for orchestra , many solo piano ouvres <one mediocre symphony and works for piano and orchestra dedicated to Scotland and Ireland.
The affinity to Scotland was shared by other composers of this era. e.g. Mendelssohn (Scotish 3rd symphony and Fingal cave)
Max Bruch (Scotish fantasy for violin and orchestra) .All based on scotish folk tunes.
The romantic piano CD serial by Hyperion includes all his 7 piano concerti and the 8th last one is recorded by Zephyr 151(arranged by Ian Hobson),.
the Tasmanian symphony orchesta conducted by Howard Shelly who also takes the role as pianist is charming and elicites the best of these ouvres. Sound is bit pale but does not effect the charming performance.
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful 26 Feb 2014
By jerry cookson - Published on Amazon.com
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the music is lively and sparkling. It's too bad his music is not played at Tanglewood in the summer. I enjoy it often
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