STANLEY BATE (1911-1959): Piano Concerto No. 2 in C, Op. 28, Sinfonietta No. 1, Op. 22, FRANZ REIZENSTEIN (1911-1968): Piano Concerto No. 2 in F.
Catalogue Number: 01N007
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7282
Description: Bates' two works are bright, often loud, brash pieces with a transatlantic spirit. Dating from 1938 (the Sinfonietta) and 1940, they were both premiered in the U.S., the former at the 1942 ISCM Festival in Berkeley and the latter by Beecham at Carnegie Hall. The concerto reminds us that the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 was first heard in England in 1936 and that sort of vigor informs the outer movements while the slow movement suggests the jazz influences then prevalent in France. The Sinfonietta offers a bright neo-classicism in its fast sections - the majority of the work - but a most affecting and atmospheric slow movement as well. Reizenstein's concerto comes from 1961. I hear a Hindemithian quality and the note-writer suggests Alan Rawsthorne; a very virtuosic piano part (the composer was a professional pianist) is often freely chromatic and polytonal while the orchestral contributions are more firmly Romantic. Though a generation apart from the Bate, the Reizenstein has the same brashness and vigor. Victor Sangiorgio (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Martin Yates.