Cramer: Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5

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Cramer: Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5
Howard Shelley (piano/conductor), London Mozart Players

[ Hyperion The Classical Piano Concerto Vol 6 / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 28 June 2019

Listening to these fluent, expressive performances, it's difficult to see how even Cramer-one of the great virtuosos of his day-could have matched the effortless mastery so characteristic of Howard Shelley's pianism.

'It takes a special kind of pianist to make certain pieces sound better or more important than they actually are, and Shelley certainly knows how to sell Cramer. His inflections of phrase convey palpable tension and release, while long, sustained cantabiles unfold with vocally orientated modulation. Both as soloist and conductor, Shelley pays special attention to the timing and articulation of embellishments, ornaments and roulades, as borne out in the Fifth Concerto's zesty main theme, plus the brass and timpani's cutting brilliance. Jeremy Dibble's superb and musically detailed annotations are most welcome, and so is Hyperion's well balanced, judiciously resonant sound' (Gramophone)
'Both concertos have irresistibly charming Romance-style slow movements, while the outer movements are flawlessly constructed. Howard Shelley plays and conducts with such serene control that piano and orchestra seem to become one single instrument' (BBC Music Magazine)


Piano Concerto No 4 in C major
Piano Concerto No 5 in C minor