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Hahn / Massenet: Piano Concertos Import


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Audio CD, Import, April 10, 1997
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  • Performer: Stephen Coombs
  • Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jean-Yves Ossonce
  • Composer: Reynaldo Hahn, Jules Massenet
  • Audio CD (April 10, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZYF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto In E Flat Major: Andante moderato - Allegro non troppo
2. Piano Concerto In E Flat Major: Largo
3. Piano Concerto In E Flat Major: Airs Slovaques: Allegro
4. Piano Concerto In E Major: Improvisation: Modere tres librement
5. Piano Concerto In E Major: Danse: Vif
6. Piano Concerto In E Major: Reverie, Toccata et Finale: Lent - Gai, fortement rythme (pas trop vite) - Allegro

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These are a real find. Massenet's well-earned reputation as an opera composer has totally eclipsed his orchestral pieces, including this lively and appealing Piano Concerto. The finale, in particular, is an exhilarating exercise in Slavic exoticism that would bring the house down in a live performance. Hahn's Concerto shares exactly the same qualities of good tunes, sparkling orchestration, and a grateful part for the soloist. Like Massenet, Hahn was best known as a composer of vocal music (and as Marcel Proust's lover), but that didn't prevent him from writing a concerto that stands with the best that this century has to offer. Marvelous performances and great sound add to this disc's manifold attractions. --David Hurwitz

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "janus_kreisler_sachs" on July 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Each CD of Hyperion's "Romantic Piano Concerto" series usually pairs a very satisfying, well structured concerto with one that is more overtly showy yet more loosely structured musically. In this case it is the Hahn concerto which is the more loosely structured one. It is certainly interesting harmonically (some progressions sound like early Debussy, though much less subtle), and the solo part is certainly quite flashy, but structurally it is quite shoddy. Too often does the work wonder around aimlessly, living from moment to moment while sacrificing overall coherence and narrative drive. If you have a taste for such virtuoso-centered concerti perhaps you will find the Hahn more eventful than I did.
The Massenet concerto, on the other hand, is quite a find. Anyone who knows and loves his operas (I have a weakness for "Werther" myself) will find this work irresistible. Unsurprisingly, the work is full of lovely themes -- the main theme of the second movement is particularly memorable. But Massenet is also careful to develop his motives in a logical manner, ensuring a healthy sense of narrative. The work is mainly lyrical (almost sugary, but it *just* escapes being sentimental), though there are also more vigorous sections too, such as the middle section of the second movement and most of the lively "Slavic" finale. The performances are for the most part excellent, with only a few faults here and there (such as the final high violin note in the second movement of the Massenet). Sound is splendid (as usual for Hyperion). For me, the Massenet concerto is certainly worth the price.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend on January 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The two concertos on this disc deserve much more attention than they have been given. They are beautiful works with wonderfully conceived melodies. Massenet and Hahn did not write what could be termed 'profound' concertos like Beethoven or Brahms but they are charming and unforgetable. Both concertos are expertly played and Mr. Combs has the right interpretation. These concertos have become favorites of mine.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gerhard Griesel on November 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can highly recommend this CD. Although the two concertos, especially the Hahn concerto, are not memorable, I can guarantee that you will not tire of this CD in your collection. As with all recordings in this Hyperion collection of 'The Romantic Piano Concerto' the sound quality is of the very highest caliber and the performance is faultless. As with the other recordings in the series, the volume level of the piano is JUST right.

The third movement of the Massenet concerto (Airs Slovaques), although only seven minutes long, is one of the most beautiful sections of piano concerto music I have ever heard. Like me, you'll be hooked.

As a whole, I would have liked the volume level of the tympani to be higher, but that does not deter from a technically brilliant recording.
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