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Howard Shelley, Sinfonia Varsovia - Lessel, Dobrzyński – Piano Concertos (2011)

17-10-2016, 09:49
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Lessel, Dobrzyński – Piano Concertos
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: NIFC
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Total Time: 00:59:05
Total Size: 296 Mb


Franciszek Lessel (1780 - 1838).

Piano Concerto (№ 2) C-dur, op. 14 (the first. App. 1810).

01. I. Allegro brillante [14:32].
02. II. Adagio [06:17].
03. III. Rondo. Allegretto [06:30].

Ignacy Dobzhinsky Felix (1807 - 1867).

Piano Concerto As-dur, op. 2 (1824, ed. K. Rozbitskogo).

04. I. Allegro moderato [14:15].
05. II. Andante espressivo [06:57].
06. III. Rondo. Vivace ma non troppo [10:02].

Howard Shelley (piano and conductor).
Sinfonia Varsovia.

A primary inspiration for the young Chopin, so the standard program notes say, was the work of Irish composer and pianist John Field, who pioneered the nocturne genre. But he clearly had models nearer at hand in Poland, especially in larger works such as the two piano concertos from the beginning of his career. This release, with British pianist Howard Shelley leading the Sinfonia Varsovia, takes a look at two concertos Chopin might well have known. Neither is a lost masterwork, but together they expand one's understanding of Chopin's music. The Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 14, appeared in 1813. Its primary point of interest is its finale, marked simply Rondo Allegretto but unmistakably Polish in nature. It is a big, vigorous mazurka, beginning with a melodically and harmonically spiky theme that eventually resolves into diatonic material. The movement is fun from start to finish, and Shelley catches its high spirits nicely. He's even better in the large outer movements of the Piano Concerto in A flat major, Op. 2, of Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski, which appeared in 1824. Shortly after that, the composer became Chopin's classmate. Annotator Stanislaw Dybowski makes a bit too much of the direct influence of this concerto on Chopin's, which it does not formally resemble. Chopin must have been impressed by its brilliant pianism, however, and here Shelley is even better, keeping the energy level high through the sizable first and third movements, and earning a well-deserved round of applause from the live Warsaw audience at the end. The live sound is not great but is workmanlike and clear enough. Recommended for those interested in Chopin's compositional development.

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Altviool   User offline   17 December 2015 10:07

Many thanks and regards from The Netherlands.
Veel dank en groeten uit Nederland.

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