Bowen - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.46 | Hyperion - Romantic Piano Concertos CDA67659

Bowen - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.46

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Label: Hyperion - Romantic Piano Concertos

Cat No: CDA67659

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th October 2008

Contents

Artists

Danny Driver (piano)
James Horan (cor anglais)
Scott Dickinson (viola)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Martyn Brabbins

Works

Bowen, York

Piano Concerto no.3 in G minor, op.23 'Fantasia'
Piano Concerto no.4 in A minor, op.88

Artists

Danny Driver (piano)
James Horan (cor anglais)
Scott Dickinson (viola)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Martyn Brabbins

About

Hyperion’s virtually single-handed rehabilitation of the music of York Bowen (known in his time as ‘The English Rachmaninov’), continues apace with this recording of the third and fourth piano concertos. Piano Concerto No.3 is a vigorous one-movement work with three well-defined sections of varying tempos in Fantasia style. Bowen’s sparkling performances of it drew plaudits from contemporary critics, who hailed it as his best composition thus far.

The Piano Concerto No.4 (said by Sorabji to be the greatest work for piano and orchestra ever written by an Englishman) is a large-scale Romantic, virtuoso work, impressionistic solo passages alternating freely with Straussian orchestral textures throughout. It was written for a BBC broadcast, and for the composer himself to perform; Bowen considered the work his best composition for the piano and an important addition to the concerto literature. It has not been given a studio recording until now.

The young British pianist Danny Driver, a Bowen specialist, gives a virtuoso performance with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins.

Driver boasts an impressive technique and a clear musical intelligence’ - The Observer

Danny Driver is a thoughtful and musical player and the possessor of a formidable technique … [his] control of dynamic and phrasing were exceptional’ - Musical Opinion

Driver has all the makings of becoming a notable musician—one of integrity and intelligence, commodities all too rare … his naturalness, thinking, and understatement reminded, respectively, of Lupu, Brendel and Curzon’ - The Classical Source

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