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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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