Alfred Hill & George Frederick Boyle - Piano Concertos | Hyperion - Romantic Piano Concertos CDA68135

Alfred Hill & George Frederick Boyle - Piano Concertos

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Label: Hyperion - Romantic Piano Concertos

Cat No: CDA68135

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 28th October 2016

Contents

Artists

Piers Lane (piano)
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Johannes Fritzsch

Works

Boyle, George Frederick

Piano Concerto in D minor

Hill, Alfred

Piano Concerto in A major
Piano Sonata in A major

Artists

Piers Lane (piano)
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Johannes Fritzsch

About

Alfred Hill and George Boyle enjoyed distinguished careers in their native Australia and abroad — Boyle’s students in New York included Copland and Barber — though both are all-too-little known today. The piano concerto and sonata by Hill — the ‘grand old man’ of Australian musical life at the time — are effectively the same work, the one an orchestral expansion of the other.

Reviews

Alfred Hill’s 1941 concerto has a breezy, sunny disposition, with hardly a dark cloud in the sky, even in its bold, expansive last movement. Hill had a vast output of orchestral and chamber works and rarely wasted an idea: the four-movement concerto is a reworking of an earlier piano sonata, also heard here. He conducted the first Australian performance of George Frederick Boyle’s 1911 piano concerto, thought to be the first substantial piece in this form in the Antipodes. Altogether graver than Hill’s, it has a final movement to rival anything coming out of Europe at the time.  Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 23 October 2016

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