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Piano Concertos: Schumann - Grieg - Saint-Saëns

Howard Shelley, Orchestra of Opera North

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Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54  
1
I. Allegro affettuoso
Robert Schumann; Howard Shelley; Orchestra of Opera North
12:57
2
II. Intermezzo. Andantino grazioso -
Robert Schumann; Howard Shelley; Orchestra of Opera North
4:42
3
III. Allegro vivace
Robert Schumann; Howard Shelley; Orchestra of Opera North
10:23
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16  
4
I. Allegro molto moderato
Edvard Grieg; Howard Shelley; Orchestra of Opera North
11:56
5
II. Adagio -
Edvard Grieg; Howard Shelley; Orchestra of Opera North
6:24
6
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato
Edvard Grieg; Howard Shelley; Orchestra of Opera North
10:11
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22  
7
I. Andante sostenuto
Camille Saint-Saëns; Howard Shelley; Orchestra of Opera North
9:59
8
II. Allegro scherzando
Camille Saint-Saëns; Howard Shelley; Orchestra of Opera North
5:48
9
III. Presto
Camille Saint-Saëns; Howard Shelley; Orchestra of Opera North
6:36
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    78:56
"“These are intimate performances, no doubt enhanced by the fact that Shelley directs from the piano. Intimately but also sharply characterized. And when virtuosity is required, Shelley provides it in spades."
- Gramophone

"Five Stars. Here’s something that’s well worth pointing out: a modern version of Schumann’s Piano Concerto that actually sounds like Schumann. Howard Shelley’s performance is refreshingly free from empty showmanship or narcissistic ‘pianism.’ Shelley’s Schumann is undoubtedly very special: I hope he’ll do more."
- BBC Music Magazine

"The fact that Howard Shelley directs these inspirational performances from the piano is nothing short of remarkable. In his hands, sparkling virtuosity and interpretative ease combine to form a perfect musical marriage. Rarely has the Schumann sounded so rhythmically exuberant, crowned by a finale of flair and forward momentum. Best of all is (the) Saint-Saëns, which receives its finest recording since Rubinstein’s classic half a century ago."
- Classic FM

British pianist and conductor Howard Shelley leads the Orchestra of Opera North from his piano on these three well known piano concertos by Schumann, Grieg and Saint-Saëns.

"Directing a highly responsive orchestra from the keyboard has also allowed me great freedom in realizing my ideas."
- Howard Shelley
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