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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66897
Recording details: June 1996
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Amanda Hurton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: April 1997
Total duration: 28 minutes 24 seconds

'If you'd sooner have fraises des bois and crème Chantilly rather than foie gras and trumpets, this is for you' (Gramophone)

'These really are very good performances of two mystifyingly neglected gems of the repertoire' (BBC Record Review)

'A thoroughly delightful piece [Hahn], well worth reviving, here perfectly coupled. A delight [Massenet].' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Heavenly Hahn in this latest addition to this treasure of a series' (Classic CD)

'Hyperion is to be congratulated for adding this work to its growing series of Hahn compositions … high spirits and joy aplenty … Another Romantic Piano Concerto winner from Hyperion; heartily recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Coombs believes implicitly in both compositions and his restrained brand of pearly virtuosity (right for the music) added to a considerable musical sensibility puts forward a persuasive case' (Hi-Fi News)

'One of the finest releases in Hyperion's ongoing series of Romantic piano concertos. There's no reason why these pieces aren't standard repertoire, especially in performances like this: Coombs literally plays the pants off both of them, and Ossonce matches him lick for lick. It's the genuine article, a true discovery, a collector's dream' (Classical Pulse)

'Stephen Coombs is at least as fine as any artist to appear from Russia in all the past 20 years. Sonics are excellent and the booklet brimming with interest' (In Tune, Japan)

'A thoroughly delightful disc' (Piano, Germany)

'Ambas obras permiten el lucimiento del solista, y lógicamente Coombs no ha dejado escapar la oportunidad para ofrecernos unas versiones majestuosas, rebosantes de sonoridad, dotadas de un magnetismo evidente' (CD Compact, Spain)

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