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Rawsthorne: Piano Concertos / Bamert, Tozer, Et Al

Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10339   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alan Rawsthorne
Performer:  Geoffrey TozerTamara Anna CislowskaTamara-Anna Cislowski
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The seldom-heard First Concerto [is] such a cleverly made piece, at the same time so attractively enigmatic, that you may be even more irritated by its current relative neglect than by that of the Second Concerto. The first movement's rhythmic flexibility and its inventive thematic transformation enable it to withstand comparisons with Prokofiev and Walton quite easily, . . . its personal, elusively elegiac tone . . . lingers in the memory. . . . The Second Concerto is in a way more straightforward: its grateful, at times showy, keyboard writing, the bravura and unshadowed exuberance of its finale (springing from an irresistible tune, an anglicized rumba) have obvious popular appeal. But again it's the compositional craft and the likeable Read more personal voice that draw you back for further hearings . . . indebted to Prokofiev but repaying that debt with interest. It is fine, striking and strange music . . . . The two solo concertos can be unreservedly recommended. I don't suppose Tozer or Bamert had either work in their repertory when this recording was planned, but their respect for the music (and in Tozer's case an enjoyment of Rawsthorne's brilliantly idiomatic keyboard writing) is audible in the great care they take over it. An excellent recording, too . . . ." -- Michael Oliver, Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 by Alan Rawsthorne
Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer (Piano)
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Concerto for Piano no 2 by Alan Rawsthorne
Performer:  Tamara Anna Cislowska (Piano), Geoffrey Tozer (Piano)
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Concerto for 2 Pianos by Alan Rawsthorne
Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer (Piano), Tamara-Anna Cislowski (Piano)
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; England 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1: I. Capriccio: Allegro molto - Presto
Piano Concerto No. 1: II. Chaconne: Andante con moto
Piano Concerto No. 1: III. Tarantella: Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 2: I. Allegro piacevole
Piano Concerto No. 2: II. Allegro molto
Piano Concerto No. 2: III. Intermezzo: Adagio semplice
Piano Concerto No. 2: IV. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra: I. Allegro di bravura
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra: II. Adagio ma non troppo
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra: III. Theme and Variations: Allegretto con moto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Two Good Modern Piano Concertos September 18, 2013 By Graeme S. (Altoona, PA) See All My Reviews "The first two piano concertos are good, even tuneful, pieces, particularly the second, whose slow movement will (or should!) haunt you. They are recorded rather more closely than I care for, so sound a little percussive to my (oldish!) ears. The late double concerto is harder work for the listener, somewhat in the manner of Bartok, but you will not regret the purchase of the other two." Report Abuse
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