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5.0 out of 5 stars Hough Pummels Hummel
The Hummel concerti are not often heard these days (if at all). Listening to this CD, one can tell why - these pieces have the potential to make the the most seasoned of pianists look like fools, getting their hands twisted and tying their hands up into knots. They're quite similar to the Chopin concertos in the way that the Orchestra has a minimal role whilst the piano...
Published on 24 Sep 2001

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6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous virtuosity mediocre music
For all Stephen Hough's efforts these are mediocre concertos . The tunes are dull ( not in Mozart's league!) the effects wearying and both concertos outlive their ideas
They could not be better played however so if you like early 19th century finger twiddling piano music don't hesitate
Published on 28 Feb 2002


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hough Pummels Hummel, 24 Sep 2001
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This review is from: Hummel - Piano Concertos (Audio CD)
The Hummel concerti are not often heard these days (if at all). Listening to this CD, one can tell why - these pieces have the potential to make the the most seasoned of pianists look like fools, getting their hands twisted and tying their hands up into knots. They're quite similar to the Chopin concertos in the way that the Orchestra has a minimal role whilst the piano part slides up and down the keyboard with ripples of ornamentations added at every conceivable point. If Mozart, Chopin and Czerny ended up on an island together they may have come up with something like this. Mozart would have composed the tunes. Chopin would've unwillingly written the orchestral part in half-an-hour and, finding Mozart's writing too bland, written in ornamentations. Czerny would've been handed the product of these two and made single notes into thirds, octaves, and put in scales, trills and other exercise material. And Voila, a Hummel Concerto is created. If you listen to nothing else, listen to the coda of the third movement of the A minor concerto, where Stephen Hough will unleash a blizzard of notes upon your bewildered ears. As one expects from this artist, the playing is without equal. If you're the sort of person that likes 'discovering' new pieces, then you will not be disappointed at all with this CD. Do not judge this CD by the front cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two concertos by a composer that Beethoven admired, 14 April 2013
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Hummel was a contemporary of Beethoven, outliving him by some ten years. Hummel was quite a prolific composer whose works are lyrical and well constructed.His piano concertos were written to display his considerable talents as a concert pianist and are full of good humoured flamboyance.

The two concertos on this disc are relatively late works and are both skilfully written and full of interest. The style is more typical of the romantic leanings of Chopin rather than the constructional style of Beethoven. They are pieces aimed at entertainment rather than depth of musical thought or thematic development. The reason his music was so well admired during his life was that it was easy to like. The same considerations apply today.

Stephen Hough plays both concertos with all his customary verve and with a palpable feeling of enjoyment. He is a little less aggressive at climatic points than in some of his discs and that id all to the good. The orchestra plays well under the attentive guidance of Bryden Thomson and the 1986 Chandos recording quality is excellent.

I would suggest that this very enjoyable disc deserves serious consideration from anyone interested in the program.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely surprise., 1 Jan 2014
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Mr. M. P. Dibley (England) - See all my reviews
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I heard one movement of a Hummel piano concerto and thought I must hear more. Stephen Hough has not made a bad recording in my books, but this is first class. I imagine extremely difficult to play and beautiful music to listen to. It must be rated with five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favour - have a listen, 3 Dec 2013
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Hummel is currently much a under-played and largely ignored composer who influenced or taught better-known composers. This award winning CD shows why many music lovers are missing out by not listening to Hummel. It's wonderful stuff.....but I'll still reserve the use of 5 Stars for Bach!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly underrated!, 2 Jun 2013
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K Hudson (Holmrook, Cumbria United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Hummel is a fabulous composer, only just regaining recognition. His music is lively and satisfying, and so is this performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation, 17 Sep 2014
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A. L. Gibson (Blaydon-onTyne. UK) - See all my reviews
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These concertos are an extraordinary revelation, and rank with the best of anything written around that time. Curious they seem to have been forgotten, probably because they are extremely difficult to play. Congratulations to Stephen Hough and Bryden Thompson on a remarkable production
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6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous virtuosity mediocre music, 28 Feb 2002
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For all Stephen Hough's efforts these are mediocre concertos . The tunes are dull ( not in Mozart's league!) the effects wearying and both concertos outlive their ideas
They could not be better played however so if you like early 19th century finger twiddling piano music don't hesitate
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