The Romantic Piano Concerto - 82STÉPHAN ELMAS (1862-1937): Piano Concertos No. 1 in G Minor and No. 2 in D Minor.
Catalogue Number: 01W001
Description: The first work on this album appears to be the earliest piano concerto written by an Armenian composer. Elmas was born in Smyrna (Turkey) and was a child keyboard prodigy whose very conservative music and his withdrawal from the world due to deafness late in life may have a lot to do with is almost complete absence from musical reference books. He escaped the Armenian genocide and the burning of Smyrna in 1922 and ended his career in Switzerland while his piano, manuscripts and other papers housed now in Yerevan, Armenia. The world of both these concertos is that of Chopin and Anton Rubinstein with the Second (1887) a full-blooded Romantic concerto in the grand style with strong melodic appeal, emotional intensity and bravura writing for the soloist. Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; Howard Shelley (piano).