Francis Shaw - Piano Concertos 1 & 2 | Lyrita SRCD356

Francis Shaw - Piano Concertos 1 & 2

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Label: Lyrita

Cat No: SRCD356

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 14th October 2016



Martin Jones (piano)
Slovak National Symphony Orchestra


Francis Shaw


Shaw, Francis

Piano Concerto no.1
Piano Concerto no.2


Martin Jones (piano)
Slovak National Symphony Orchestra


Francis Shaw


Francis Shaw was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, in 1942 and has become one of the most versatile of contemporary British composers, having written a wide range of music, most notably for film and television. In addition, he has enjoyed parallel careers as a respected professor of composition and musical administrator.

As with many composers whose work has taken them into diverse musical fields, the range of his accomplishments has tended to draw attention away from what lies at the heart of his output – his serious music, less extensive than that of his more commercial work, but which – as the concertos on this disc amply demonstrate – is of a quality and achievement manifestly deserving of far greater recognition than it has received hitherto.

Shaw’s serious output contains two operas and two further concertos (for viola and for harpsichord), but within his concert music, his piano concertos have to be considered as being amongst the most greatly significant contributions to the genre by any British composer of the last six decades – fully the equal of more well-known examples such as those by Rawsthorne (No.2), Rubbra, Tippett, Bennett, Hoddinott and McCabe.

– Robert Matthew-Walker

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