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Alwyn: Piano Concerto No 1 & 2, Etc / Shelley, Hickox, Et Al


Release Date: 07/24/2001 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9935   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William Alwyn
Performer:  Howard Shelley
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc brings together works of William Alwyn previously issued as couplings for Chandos' complete symphony cycle, making it convenient for the collector who is primarily interested in the piano concertos. And what concertos they are! No. 1's bright neo-classical opening is immediately fetching, as is the sparkling and inventive piano writing. But the music soon rounds a corner, and a more serious and weighty mood takes over as the work ends in calm resignation. The dramatic opening of the Second Concerto offers a powerful contrast. This is all-out romantic music expressing powerful emotions, made even more vivid by Alwyn's picturesque scoring that no doubt was developed through his work as a film composer. Overture to a Masque continues Read more in this vein, while the Elizabethan Dances make for a wonderfully charming and occasionally touching pastiche. Howard Shelley delivers his usual big-boned performances in the concertos, and is joined by Richard Hickox and the London Symphony in faithful renderings of the orchestral accompaniments (the same goes for the purely orchestral works). Chandos' standard large-hall sound offers pleasing clarity and depth. If you like Alwyn, or are interested in good modern piano concertos, you'll love this disc.

--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 by William Alwyn
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 by William Alwyn
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
3.
Overture to a Masque by William Alwyn
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
4.
Elizabethan Dances by William Alwyn
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 2: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 2: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 2: III. Allegro con fuoco
Overture to a Masque
Elizabethan Dances: No. 1. Moderato e ritmico
Elizabethan Dances: No. 2. Waltz Tempo: Languidamente
Elizabethan Dances: No. 3. Allegro scherzando [ma non troppo allegro]
Elizabethan Dances: No. 4. Moderato
Elizabethan Dances: No. 5. Poco allegretto e semplice
Elizabethan Dances: No. 6. Allegro giocoso

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