The Romantic Piano Concerto: Aloys Schmitt – Howard Shelley, Ulster Orchestra

August 1, 2022, 9:00 am

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Composer and conductor, pianist and pedagogue: Aloys Schmitt was respected by his peers but largely forgotten by posterity. He was an accomplished and prolific composer of impressive achievements, and his educational works for piano-playing were held in high esteem by Liszt. Schmitt was an acquaintance of Weber, Paganini, Liszt, and Chopin, and friends with Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, and Louis Spohr, with whom he enjoyed a lively correspondence. As so often in this series of Romantic Piano Concertos from Hyperion, the three works recorded here will have listeners questioning Smitt’s posthumous neglect.