Dvorak & Schumann - Piano Concertos | Hyperion CDA68099

Dvorak & Schumann - Piano Concertos

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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68099

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st April 2016

Contents

Artists

Stephen Hough (piano)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Andris Nelsons

Works

Dvorak, Antonin

Piano Concerto in G minor, op.33

Schumann, Robert

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.54

Artists

Stephen Hough (piano)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Andris Nelsons

About

Two more rich piano concertos from the unparalleled Stephen Hough and the CBSO (they’ve already won Gramophone’s Record of the Year award twice). The eminent Andris Nelsons conducts, making his Hyperion debut. Schumann and Dvorák each wrote just one piano concerto, the latter being performed here in its fearsomely challenging original version.

Reviews

Both these concertos were recorded in performances Stephen Hough gave with the CBSO last season, and something of the buzz of those comes across here. Hough and conductor Andris Nelsons are persuasive advocates for Dvořák’s concerto, his first and least famous work of that kind. It’s quite a warhorse, and the piano writing can be repetitive and insistent, but Hough gets the listener past this with playing that always has a spring in it. … The Schumann is also buoyant, but has a mellower feel, with characterful darkness from the woodwind in the opening movement and a real sense of dialogue between pianist and orchestra in the second. In the finale, Hough provides all the poised brilliance one could ask for.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 29 April 2016

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