The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 82: Stéphan Elmas

January 13, 2021, 9:00 am

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On Volume 82 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto Series, Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra showcase the appealing, warmly Romantic concertos of the Armenian composer Stéphan Elmas. The first work on this album appears to be the earliest piano concerto written by an Armenian composer. Equally significant is the fact that Elmas was a mere twenty years old when he wrote it—presumably to showcase his own pianistic skills. In which case, he must have been remarkably accomplished, for some of the technical challenges he sets himself are of a high order.