This album really restores the magical world of the 19th century Warsaw - Warsaw of the time of Chopin's youth. Charming Piano concertos by Lessel and Dobrzyński (a school friend of Chopin) - perfect examples of the sources of Chopin's stile, allow the listeners to feel the same atmosphere which Chopin recalled many times throughout his life.
Howard Shelley, world-famous British pianist and conductor, regularly gives concerts in Warsaw invited by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute and that's more, in his repertoire, he reserved a special place for less popular Polish music. Both concerts were recorded during the festivals Chopin and his Music, when Shelley appeared as a soloist and conductor, playing with the orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia.
Piano concerto in C major, Op. 14
1. Allegro brillante
3. Rondo. Allegretto
Igancy Feliks Dobrzyński
Piano concerto in A flat major, Op. 2
4. Allegro moderato
5. Andante espressivo
6. Rondo. Vivace ma non troppo
Publisher: The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, 2011