Britten: Piano Concerto; Diversions; Young Apollo

Britten: Piano Concerto; Diversions; Young Apollo

by Steven Osborne, Ilan Volkov
     
 

The three compositions that comprise Britten's music for solo piano and orchestra constitute a unique, yet still little explored, part of his output. Here they are brought together in a stunning disc that pays tribute to the great artistry of all involved. Steven Osborne's performance of Britten's Piano Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Ilan… See more details below

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The three compositions that comprise Britten's music for solo piano and orchestra constitute a unique, yet still little explored, part of his output. Here they are brought together in a stunning disc that pays tribute to the great artistry of all involved. Steven Osborne's performance of Britten's Piano Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov at the 2007 BBC Proms redefined this often undervalued work in the ears of his listeners, imbuing it with hitherto unsuspected emotional and musical weight. The same musicians have put down a benchmark recording here and, as a bonus, also recorded the original third movement, which Britten discarded in his 1945 revision. Diversions for left-hand piano and orchestra is a gem of a piece, which has rarely been recorded. Britten reaches unexpected levels of intensity, most notably in the Chant and the powerful Allegro. In revisiting these unjustly neglected early works, and, through performances of matchless brilliance, listeners will rediscover the rare magnificence that marks the output of a truly great composer. From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571176253
catalogNumber:
67625
Rank:
138679

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 13  - Benjamin Britten  -  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring  - Steven Osborne  - Ilan Volkov
  2. Work(s): Original version of the third movement of the Pian  - Benjamin Britten  -  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring  - Steven Osborne  - Ilan Volkov
  3. Young Apollo, for piano, string quartet & strings, Op. 16 (withdrawn by composer)  - Benjamin Britten  -  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring  - Steven Osborne  - Ilan Volkov
  4. Diversions, for piano, left hand & orchestra, Op. 21  - Benjamin Britten  -  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring  - Steven Osborne  - Ilan Volkov

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