Henrique Oswald Piano Concerto, Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Egyptian’

Released 2020 | SOMM Recordings


Total CD Time: 72 minutes

Oswald Piano Concerto, Op.10

[1] I Allegro (un poco agitato) (14:56)
[2] II Adagio (7:57)
[3] III Allegro (7:01)

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Egyptian’, Op. 103

[4] I Allegro animato (11:27)
[5] II Andante (10:54)
[6] III Molto Allegro (6:29)

Nepomuceno Suite Antiga, Op. 11

[7] I Prelude – Alledro commodo (1:15)
[8] II Menuet I & II (4:05)
[9] III Air – Andante espressivo (4:21)
[10] IV Rigaudon – Allegro con brio (3:29)


Read the latest reviews about the CD

“An electrifying performance by both Iruzun and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Jac Van Steen’s baton.”
-KH, Artemuselondon

“Clélia Iruzun gets the work’s playfulness and charm, knowing exactly when to inject some adrenalin or pull things back…wholly convincing. … We’re not short of good recordings (Saint-Saens 5), but this one is excellent, and Jac van Steen’s Royal Philharmonic provide extrovert support.”
-Graham Rickson, Arts Desk

“It is an atmospheric concerto (Oswald), French in spirit and colour, played here with conviction and mastery. It follows excellently with the “Egyptian” by Saint-Saens performed with virtuosity and lyricism.”
-Alain Lompeche, Classica

…charismatic performance by soloist, Clelia Iruzun, accompanied by the silky-toned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jac van Steen.
-Stuart Millson, Endnotes, The Quarterly Review

“…impressively executed…another rewarding disc from this team and this label.”
-Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone

“In this performance Clelia Iruzun delivers a reading of quite endearing quality, her fabulous technique never put under strain and she is partnered admirably by the RPO under the fine musician Jac van Steen.”
-Robert Mathew-Walker, Musical Opinion

Best of the year

“…mind-boggling technical hurdles which the formidable Brazilian pianist Clélia Iruzun elegantly tosses off in a stunning performance that also boasts the solid support of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra superbly led by Dutch maestro Jac Van Steen.”
-Rafael de Acha, Music Notes

“Iruzun captures the very essence of this chameleonic score, and her achievement of a panoply of colours and radiant hues adds mightily to the allure of this compelling performance.”
-Stephen Greenbank, MusicWeb

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