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Grieg & Delius: Piano Concertos / Bebbington, Latham-Koenig, Royal Philharmonic


Release Date: 04/20/2018 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 269  
Composer:  Edvard GriegFrederick Delius
Performer:  Edvard GriegIrene Loh
Conductor:  Jan Latham-Koenig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An evergreen masterpiece, an under-appreciated jewel and a great ‘what might have been’ – pianist Mark Bebbington and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jan Latham Koenig explore the personal and musical connections between Edvard Grieg and Frederick Delius. Heard together on an album for the first time, the Piano Concertos by Grieg and Delius reveal the full extent of the composers’ friendship and mutual admiration. Composed in 1868, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor has become one of the cornerstones of the repertoire. Its famous opening timpani roll heralds a ravishing display of virtuosity lit up by the melting melody at the heart of an immediately recognizable masterpiece. Also in a minor key, Delius’s C minor Piano Concerto Read more was inspired by a performance of Grieg’s Concerto in London in 1888. Grieg’s gifting of a copy of the score to Delius spurred him on to write his own Concerto. A first draft in 1897 was followed by two further revisions over the next decade before the final version heard here in a rare appearance. Grieg’s mooted Second Piano Concerto was never completed, but the 150 bars he did sketch hint at what might have been. Robert Matthew-Walker has fashioned the existing material – in various stages of completion and detail – into a coherent single movement to give, for the very first time, the clearest indication of what Grieg had in mind for a work left tantalizingly unfinished. Both this and the solo piano version – also arranged by Robert Matthew-Walker – receive their premiere recordings here. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Conductor:  Jan Latham-Koenig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
2.
Concerto for Piano in C minor by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Conductor:  Jan Latham-Koenig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897/1906; France 
3.
Concerto for Piano in B minor, EG 120 [fragment] by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Conductor:  Jan Latham-Koenig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883; Norway 
4.
Preludes (3) for Piano by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
5.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 1, On Hearing the First Cuckoo by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano), Irene Loh (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 

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