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Britten: Piano Concerto; Debussy: Fantaisie / Barry Douglas


Release Date: 01/07/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68127   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyBenjamin Britten
Performer:  Barry Douglas
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This coupling offers two youthful concerto works and a solo interlude. The most substantial work is the Britten Piano Concerto (placed last on the disc), written in 1938 when the composer was 25. It is a boisterous piece, unstintingly virtuosic and with clear overtones of Prokofiev. It suits Douglas well, and he tackles the relentless passagework with spirited enthusiasm. His tone is rather hard, particularly in the fortes, but this is not entirely unsuitable given the steely, driven quality of the music. The first-movement cadenza is genuinely exciting, and the point when the orchestra re-enters in a moment of calm retreat (track 7 at 9'21''), with Douglas providing a rare beauty of tone and colour in the following lyrical passage, is Read more beguiling... The Debussy Fantaisie (1890), which despite the composer’s efforts remained unperformed during his lifetime, receives a strong performance with crystalline clarity in the passagework... His playing breathes with natural phrasing and articulation, and has a sure-footed integrity...

-- Tim Parry, Gramophone [10/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Barry Douglas (Piano)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889-1890; France 
2.
Suite for Piano "Pour le piano" by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Barry Douglas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
3.
Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 13 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Barry Douglas (Piano)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1945; England 

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