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Volume 60 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series presents works for piano and orchestra by Théodore Dubois (1837-1924). Having studied at the Paris Conservatoire (with Ambroise Thomas), Dubois returned as a teacher and eventually became director. The Concerto Capriccioso is the earliest work on the disc and is an appealing, entirely French piece. The initial solo discourse is quasi-improvisatory. As the piece progresses, it becomes more capricious. Tiberghien is absolutely attuned to all modes of Dubois’ expression; the orchestra gives tremendous punch. Hyperion’s recording, throughout the disc, is perfectly focused and renders Tiberghien’s variety of touch with great fidelity. The Second Concerto (1897) is the major work here, a curious mix of gorgeous, sensuous moments and passages that tend towards froth. The central movement is simply ravishing; the finale full of unpredictable twists. The Suite (1917) is the perfect closing work, the highlight of which is a dream of an Andante.

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