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...this new CD is a gem. Simon Callaghan is a brilliant musician who stands out with the highest pianistic competence for the rarities of Scholz and Rheinberger

The British pianist Simon Callaghan has recorded the Piano Concerto in B major op. 57 by Bernhard Scholz and has teamed up with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for this world premiere recording. His new CD has appeared in the series "The Romantic Piano Concerto".

Specialist in piano rarities

This sounds a bit like a Hungarian dance by Johannes Brahms, but is music by Bernhard Scholz, born in Mainz in 1835. He belonged to the circle of Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim and today is as good as forgotten. His Piano Concerto in B major op. 57 has now been recorded for the first time by British pianist Simon Callaghan. For this world premiere recording, the English virtuoso has teamed up with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, which plays here under the direction of Ben Gernon. Simon Callaghan is a specialist in piano rarities, and with the concerto by Bernhard Scholz he dug up a piece that was growing dusty in the drawer for more than 100 years.

The new CD by British pianist Simon Callaghan has appeared in the series "The Romantic Piano Concerto". For many years, this edition has been a treasure chest for piano fans. Meanwhile, the series has arrived at episode 76. In addition to the first recording of the Piano Concerto by Bernhard Scholz, the new CD also includes the Concerto in A flat Major by Joseph Rheinberger. The Liechtenstein-born musician is better known than Scholz, but his piano concerto is almost never played. It is a full-blown virtuoso piece whose beginning is reminiscent of Beethoven's fifth concerto.

A jewel for piano fans

For curious piano fans who do not always want to hear only the standard repertoire, this new CD is a gem. Simon Callaghan is a brilliant musician who stands out with the highest pianistic competence for the rarities of Scholz and Rheinberger. Of course, their piano concertos will never reach the rank of Beethoven, Schumann or Brahms, but they are worth a discovery anyway. This record can also surprise piano connoisseurs, because such high-profile world premiere recordings are not on the plate every day.

Radio Bremen (Germany) 31 July 2018

Rheinberger/Scholz Concertos

Just what the Romantic Piano Concerto series does best: three works unlikely to be encountered in the concert hall, in performances by artists who wholeheartedly—and justifiably—believe in the music. The high expectations of this series are amply realized in volume seventy-six. Watch the trailer here.

Read programme notes here.

Specialist Classical Chart: Best position #2 on 05/07/2018. Weeks in chart: 5