PIXIS: PI­ANO CON­CERTO IN C; PI­ANO CON­CERTINO IN E FLAT; THAL­BERG: PI­ANO CON­CERTO IN F MI­NOR

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Tas­ma­nian SO/Howard Shel­ley (pi­ano) Hype­r­ion

CDA 67915 Jo­hann Peter Pixis (1788-1874) and Sigis­mond Thal­berg (1812-1871) were both big names in 19th-cen­tury pi­ano play­ing. Thal­berg was talked of in the same breath as Liszt; Chopin ded­i­cated his Fan­tasy on Pol­ish Airs to Pixis. The two, now al­most for­got­ten, contributed to Liszt’s com­pos­ite work, Hex­am­eron. Th­ese three pieces were writ­ten be­tween 1824 and 1830 and sound as if they come from a par­al­leluni­verse, a world that had known We­ber but not Beethoven. Thal­berg cre­ates a more heavy-duty work­out than the older Pixis, whose style re­lies heav­ily on light melodic charm. Howard Shel­ley and his Tas­ma­nian play­ers spruce up all three pieces nicely. url.ie/4qdb

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