- Piano Concerto No. 4 in E major
- Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor
- Variazioni di bravura on a theme by Rossini, for piano & orchestra
In this 72nd volume of his exhaustive exploration of the Romantic piano concerto, pianist Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra have found works that are almost completely obscure -- all were pulled out of archives and recorded here for the first time -- and well worth revival. Cipriani Potter, charmingly nicknamed Chip, was an English composer who traveled to Vienna to meet Beethoven. The master did not take him on as a student, recommending someone else, but the encounter left a strong impression. The "Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor" shares a key with the Mozart "Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466," and in many ways, notably the relationship of the solos to the tutti, it's clearly derived from the earlier work. The biggest find here, however, is the very attractive slow movement (sample track 2), which is in a pastoral, quartal-flavored voice of Potter's own. The "Piano Concerto No. 4 in E major" is in a more Beethovenian vein; the nearly 15-minute opening movement covers a lot of harmonic territory and takes unusual routes to do so. The concluding "Variazioni di bravura on a theme by Rossini" are more than a virtuoso showpiece; they are tightly constructed. Shelley, conducting the Tasmanian Symphony himself, has by now developed strong instincts for bringing out what's distinctive in unknown music, and he does so here. Highly recommended for those interested in the early Romantic scene.