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4.7 out of 5 stars
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on 13 May 2015
Refreshing, invigoration and yes romantic
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on 5 April 2012
I bought this CD on impulse having heard the first movement of Concerto No.2 on the car radio. Frankly I wish i hadn't bothered. In its early days the Romantic Piano Concerto series was a treasury of inexplicably neglected masterpieces. (The concertos by Medtner, Paderewski and Moszkowski particularly spring to mind). Unfortunately, having reached Volume 56 we're now firmly into territory where the reasons for the works' neglect are all too obvious. Having played this CD once I have no great desire ever to do so again. The best I can say is that first movement of Concerto No.2 is quite attractive in a vacuous, instantly forgettable sort of way. The rest of the music is simply instantly forgettable. None of this is intended as criticism of Howard Shelley or his Tasmanian orchestra whose playing is beyond criticism. It's just a pity the music isn't more worthy of their enormous skill and I'm still wondering why they bothered. The amusing sleeve notes are the best part of the package.
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on 22 March 2015
Excellent service and product.
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on 24 April 2013
The composer Friedrich Kalkbrenner (probably because of his great contemporary success and arrogant personal attitude) has been ruthlessly attacked and trivialised by music critics. However the lyrical quality of this demanding piece, excellently played by Howard Shelley deserves popularity.
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on 13 March 2015
EXCELLENT
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on 3 February 2014
Heard Mr Kalkbrenners Piano Concertos on the radio and was most impressed so I decided to find out more and then went on line and bought the CD its great most enjoyable.
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on 10 May 2014
Lovely music first heard a couple of weeks ago on classic fm. Arrived quickly and so easy to buy directly linked from classic fm website
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on 1 October 2014
Lovely
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on 26 November 2013
The music is wonderful. Howard Shelley's playing is sublime. His only problem is that he doesn't have an unpronounceable name.
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on 7 July 2014
Gorgeous music. Kalkbrenner not a household name but his music is equal to the big names, Rachmaninov etc. True romantics.
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