Ferguson: Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra; Gerhard: Concerto for Piano and Strings

Ferguson: Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra; Gerhard: Concerto for Piano and Strings

by Peter Donohoe

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Ferguson: Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra; Gerhard: Concerto for Piano and Strings

This is the third volume in Peter Donohoe's superlative British Piano Concertos series. The first volume featured the two concertos of Alan Rawsthorne, a name fairly well known in England and faintly familiar to American audiences. The second volume featured the two concertos plus the sonata of Arthur Bliss, a name much better known in England and slightly better known in America. This third volume features concertos for piano and strings by four different but almost all equally unknown composers: Alec Rowley, Christian Darnton, Roberto Gerhard, and Howard Ferguson. Three of the four are lovely little works -- Rowley's delightful "Concerto" from 1938, Darnton's sprightly "Concerto" from 1948, and Ferguson's ebullient "Concerto" from 1951 -- and only one is "difficult" -- Gerhard's serial yet still swinging "Concerto" from 1961. In all four works, Donohoe plays with passionate conviction, making the strongest possible case for the music. Led by Donohoe, the Northern Sinfonia performs with polish and dedication and, because it is conducted by the pianist, it is in wonderful unity with the soloist. Naxos' sound is clean, round, and reverberant.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313229024
catalogNumber: 8557290

Tracks

  1. Concerto for piano, strings & percussion in D major, Op. 49
  2. Concertino for piano & string orchestra in C major
  3. Concerto for piano & strings
  4. Concerto for piano & string orchestra, Op 12

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