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Track(s) taken from CDA67331/2
Recording details: September 2000
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 2001
Total duration: 5 minutes 11 seconds

'Marvellous performances, full of joy, vigour and sparkle. The recording is in the demonstration bracket and this Hyperion set includes no fewer than four encores. An easy first choice' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Superlative' (The Independent)

'Superb … Hough’s new set in Hyperion’s outstanding Romantic Piano Concerto series sweeps the board' (The Guardian)

'It is unalloyed pleasure to sit through all five at a sitting … the quite outstanding pianism of Stephen Hough makes this an unmissable addition to anyone remotely interested in the barnstorming, physically exhilarating concertos of the late nineteenth century' (International Record Review)

'A delightful set that does this underrated composer full credit' (Classic FM Magazine)

Allegro appassionato for piano and orchestra, Op 70
composer

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In 1884, soon after the premiere of his opera Henry VIII, Saint-Saëns completed both the Allegro appassionato, Opus 70 (not to be confused with a work of the same title for cello, Opus 43) and the Rapsodie d’Auvergne, Opus 73. The second of these pieces incorporates a tune which the composer heard a washerwoman singing in a mountain village, and is a rare example of his use of a melody from a region of his own country.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2001

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