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The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 69 / Fritzsch, Lane, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 10/28/2016 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68135   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alfred HillGeorge Frederick Boyle
Performer:  Piers Lane
Conductor:  Johannes Fritzsch
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Piano Concerto in A major by Alfred Hill
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Conductor:  Johannes Fritzsch
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1941 
Length: 26 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Piano Concerto in D minor by George Frederick Boyle
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Conductor:  Johannes Fritzsch
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Length: 10 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Piano Sonata in A major by Alfred Hill
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Length: 24 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Volume 69 Is Excellent December 29, 2016 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "The two composers represented on this new Hyperon recording (Alfred Hill and George Boyle) are Australian, although Hill spent much of his life in New Zealand, and Boyle never returned to his homeland after leaving for Europe and the United States in the early 1900's. In case you have never heard of him, Alfred Hill was a prolific composer of orchestral and chamber works. Before commenting on his piano concerto, I would like to recommend that any Arkivmusic patron interested in exploring his music further should consider the excellent Naxos multi-disk series encompassing all of Hill's 17 string quartets. I have provided comments previously on all releases in this string quartet project, and I found all of them to be uniformly excellent and worthwhile. Thus, I approached this new disk with high expectations, and I am pleased to report that I was not disappointed. Alfred Hill's Piano Concerto in A Major, dating from the early 1940's, is in fact an orchestrated version of his Piano Sonata in A Major (from around 1920). The piano sonata is the third work on the program; therefore, my suggestion is to start with this sonata (tracks 8-11) as a preparatory/familiarization step prior to taking on the concerto for the first time (tracks 1-4). The advantage this gives the first time listener is a general understanding and appreciation of the sonata's piano scoring, allowing for greater attention to Hill's orchestration in the concerto. Both are wonderful compositions, with a light, airy piano narrative, underscored in the concerto by a velvety smooth orchestration that never oversteps its bounds, excels in promoting the beauty of the piano, and really blossoms into a soaring concluding statement in the finale. All in all, a lovely piece of music. George Boyle's D Minor Piano Concerto (from 1911) receives its premiere recording here. The CD notes tell us that this work, which was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1911, was a real hit in the USA, and when you listen to this imaginative work, it is easy to see why. The question thus becomes why such a high quality work, with its noticeably 'American' texture de-emphasizing the chokehold which Central European compositional modes had on much of classical music at the turn of the century, has been allowed to fall into obscurity. Pianist Piers Lane handles the entire program with exquisite, razor sharp playing, and as for the orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has a rich, full-bodied sound under German conductor Johannes Fritsch. Finally, and this almost goes without saying, Hyperion's high technical standards in its illustrious Romantic Piano Concerto series are fully maintained here. If you don't enjoy these relatively unfamiliar concertos just as much as those of classical music's giants, I'd be really surprised. Strong recommendation!!" Report Abuse
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