The common thread—as so often in The Romantic Piano Concerto series—is Liszt, in whose Weimar circle both composer-pianists featured here moved. Both concertos are pleasingly substantial, and the typically demanding piano writing is powerfully dispatched by Emmanuel Despax.
No praise could be high enough for Despax with his immaculate dexterity, his elegant grace and fluency. Hyperion’s sound and balance are superb and Eugene Tzigane’s partnership is warmly sympathetic. This is a delectable disc. International Piano *****