Hummel: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

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  • Release Date: 10/28/1992
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115850725
  • Catalog Number: 8507
  • Sales rank: 5,838


Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 85 - Stephen Hough & Johann Nepomuk Hummel (30:28)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto in B minor, Op. 89 - Stephen Hough & Johann Nepomuk Hummel (35:39)
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Bryden Thomson Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Piece in the Puzzle

    I wonder how many pianists can perform the fiery cadenza at the close of the first movement of the A minor concerto with full assurance. Before purchasing this CD, I knew next to nothing about Hummel. The notes inform me that he is recognized as the chief link between the concertos of Mozart and Chopin. In Hummel's A minor, the long orchestral introduction sounds like Mozart and the piano entrance like Chopin. I have always admired Mozart's piano concertos but have never paid attention to Chopin's with their sketchy orchestrations. The obvious difference between Mozart and the two 19th century composers is that Mozart got the most from an economy of means. Hummel is much more florid and invented some piano phrases adopted directly by Chopin. Unfortunately the Chandos notes do not give the dates of Hummel's two concertos but music like this was culturally impossible before the French Revolution and Beethoven. Each time I acquire one of these neglected composers-- Salieri, Paisiello, Cherubini, Hummel, Spohr, Meyerbeer, Rubinstein and Raff-- the newcomer lights up the whole musical tradition. That is why I heartily dislike negative reviews such as the one the Music Guide aims against Raff's Symphony No. 7. These reviews appeal to superficial name-droppers with no interest in the whole tradition. T. S. Eliot was right about the organic unity of European culture. This isn't just a matter of analyzing influences. Eliot recognized that later works modify the way earlier works can be received. Chopin sounds better because of Mozart and Hummel. Hummel sounds better because of Mozart and Chopin. Mozart sounds better because of Hummel and Chopin.

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