Sterndale Bennett - Piano Concerto no.4, Fantasia in A major, Symphony in G minor
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Label: Unicorn Kanchana
Cat No: UKCD2032
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 15th July 2016
WorksFantasia in A major, op.16
Piano Concerto no.4 in F minor, op.19
Symphony in G minor, op.43
ArtistsMalcolm Binns (piano)
Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra
ConductorHilary Davan Wetton
Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816Ė1875) was an English composer, pianist, conductor and music educator. At the age of 10 Bennett was admitted to the London Royal Academy of Music (RAM), where he remained for ten years. By the age of 20, he had begun to make a reputation as a concert pianist, and his compositions received high praise. Among those impressed by Bennett was the German composer Felix Mendelssohn, who invited him to Leipzig and where he became friendly with Robert Schumann.
In 1837 Bennett began to teach at the RAM, with which he was associated for most of the rest of his life. Bennett had a significant influence on English music, not solely as a composer but also as a teacher, as a promoter of standards of musical education and as an important figure in London concert life. In recent years, appreciation of Bennett's compositions has been rekindled.
"The sound is first class, with a particularly seductive quality of piano tone. Here is an enterprising and well-produced debut record from Milton Keynes." - Gramophone
"Both performances are uncommonly good ones. Malcolm Binns is a persuasive advocate... Wetton paces both works
admirably and clearly has sympathy for them... excellent sound and a good balance." - Penguin Guide
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