I remember when Alwyn`s music was virtually ignored - largely down to his prolific writing for films and the snobbery of the classical world with regard to the activity; fortunately, due to Chandos, Lyrita and – in this case Naxos - much of his fine music is available to all.
These two piano concertos are good examples of that particular form of late Romanticism to be found in British music; they clearly require a level of technical bravura and both pieces have a bold dynamic to them, with passionate climaxes giving way to introspective, contemplative interludes.
The concertos are separated on the album by the rumbustious Derby Day Overture (inspired by Frith`s painting) and the demanding “Sonata alla toccata” rounds off the selection.
It's all beautifully played by soloist Peter Donohoe with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under James Judd.
A very good album; the CD has a playing time of just under 60 minutes – do listen to the sound samples above or go to the mp3 download page.
Piano Concertos 1 & 2
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.6 x 14.2 x 0.99 cm; 87.88 g
- メーカー : Naxos
- EAN : 0747313259021
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2005
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Naxos
- ASIN : B0009SQC96
- ディスク枚数 : 1
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 1,416,908位ミュージック (の売れ筋ランキングを見るミュージック)
Dazzling but not memorable2005年12月4日に英国でレビュー済み
Being rather partial to late romantic piano concertos my attention was caught by the blurb for this release "Alwyn's homage to Rachmaninov". I'm familiar with Alwyn's film music and symphonies and his musical output has always struck me as similar to Malcolm Arnold's - accessible, technically assured and not devoid of memorable themes or even good tunes. But neither of them ever produced in their "serious" music a real crowd-pleaser. Which brings me back to Rachmaninov. Unlike that gent's musical output, I don't think you're going to hear either of these concertos being requested much on Classic FM. They're busy rather noisy works full of dazzling pianistic pyrotechnics requiring a formidible exponent which of course they get in Peter Donohoe. There's no doubt these are five star performances. But the music doesn't really linger in the mind and I think the spirit of Rachmaninov is falsely evoked, indeed if I detected shades of anything in the 2nd concerto it was some jazzy Gershwinesque rhythms and at the climax of the last movement the Yellow River Concerto (heaven forbid!) For me much the most interesting work here is the bonus item, Alwyn's sonata alla toccata from 1947. I guess I'll be tucking this release away and getting Scharwenka's 3rd and the Bortkiewicz 1st out again (two luscious and indelible piano concertos and you don't hear them much on Classic FM either!)
Alwyn, concerti per pianoforte2017年12月12日にイタリアでレビュー済み
Pregevole esecuzioni in questo cd contenente opere piuttosto significative di un Autore non sufficientemente conosciuto, reo di non aver svecchiato, contrariamente a quanto fecero connazionali coevi quali Rawsthorne e Tippett, il linguaggio musicale britannico: è pur vero che utilizzò in modo personale (come nella Terza sinfonia) un suo concetto di serie e dissonanze temperate, ma eccelle a mio avviso quando non impone gioghi alla propria naturale vena romantica. Unica pecca di questo cd: il basso volume di registrazione… Succede spesso con Naxos. Peccato!