The Romantic Piano Concerto Series, Hyperion Records, now at 64 volumes. See listing here.
I love piano concertos, especially written in the “romantic period style”, and unless I want to hear a specific favorite by the big name composers, this is my go-to set of CDs (yes, all of these can also be downloaded in several MP3 formats including lossless).
“The concept of The Romantic Piano Concerto series was born at a lunch meeting between Hyperion and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra sometime in 1990. A few months later tentative plans had been made for three recordings, and the first volume, of concertos by Moszkowski and Paderewski, was recorded in June 1991.
In our wildest dreams, none of us involved then could ever have imagined that the series would still be going strong twenty years later, and with over sixty volumes to its credit.”
The first fifty volumes include 131 works for piano and orchestra, 102 of which are titled ‘Concerto’, the remainder being generally shorter single-movement works or sets of variations. Fifty-nine of these works are premiere recordings and many other featured works have only been recorded once before, often in clearly inferior versions and frequently cut.
The sound quality of these recordings is very good, the selection includes many composers and works most listeners will not yet know but it’s all really good. Highly recommended. I’m listening to volume 57 [Wiklund, Piano Concerto No 1, Op 10 and other works] as I type this.