The Romantic Piano Concerto - 54

ARTHUR SOMERVELL (1863-1937): Piano Concerto in A Minor "Highland", Normandy - Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, FREDERIC COWEN (1852-1935): Concertstück for Piano and Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 09N002

Label: Hyperion

Reference: CDA 67837

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Somervell's pair of works are folk-derived, Normandy (1912) from an actual folksong collected (not by the composer) from a town near Dieppe, whose variations easily fill out a 21-minute span and a four-movement-in-one form while the three-movement, 27-minute 1921 Highland concerto uses original Scottish folk-like material (although many well-known Scottish tunes will come to mind throughout) in a glowing work of late Romanticism also notable for its pentatonic second theme in the lyrical, lightly scored Adagio and the various instrumental solos granted orchestral players in the finale. Cowen's Concertstück, written in 1897 for Paderewski, is a brilliant piece, often lightly scored and with the piano rarely silent (Cowen was a virtuoso pianist himself), lasting just under 20 minutes which alternates between romantic lyricism and sparkling display. Martin Roscoe (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins.

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