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Field: Piano Concertos, Nocturnes & Sonatas / Frith, Haslam, Northern Sinfonia


Release Date: 01/11/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8506033  
Composer:  John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith
Conductor:  David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 6 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Irish by birth, John Field gained an international reputation as one of the finest pianists of his time, with delicacy and nuance in his playing that is expressed in his innovative and poetically lyrical ‘Nocturnes.’ Field’s earlier ‘Sonatas’ are more classical in feel, but their sense of flow and dramatic narrative exhibit qualities that are developed and given added virtuoso panache in his fine ‘Piano Concertos,’ works admired by Liszt, Chopin, and Schumann. “Benjamin Frith has done a stellar job in bringing these concertos into the sunlight, brilliantly supported by the Northern Sinfonia under David Haslam.” (Pianist Magazine) “Played with effortless fluency…” (Gramophone) “Benjamin Frith plays with the freshness of discovery and wit.” Read more (Audiophile Audition)

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Excerpts of reviews from select, previously released volumes included in this set:

Field: Piano Music Vol 1 - Nocturnes and Sonatas

These "night" pieces are primarily characterized by a dominant, gracefully flowing melody, with most of the harmonic activity in the pianist's left hand. Although other pianists have recorded at least some of Field's Nocturnes--most notably John O'Conor (Telarc) and Miceál O'Rourke (Chandos)--Benjamin Frith's own uniquely inflected, poetic readings have a satisfying aura of intimacy cast in the warm colors of his well-tempered, expertly recorded piano.

– ClassicsToday

Field: Piano Concertos No 1 & 3

Both works are played with the effortless fluency we know from his Mendelssohn series - plus all the immediacy and freshness of new discovery.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, H 27 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor:  David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1799; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major, H 32 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor:  David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in E flat major, H 28 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor:  David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Jubilee Theater, Newcastle, England 
Length: 33 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in C major, H 39 "L'incendie par l'orage" by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor:  David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  St. Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle, UK 
Length: 26 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A flat major, H 31 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor:  David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Jubilee Theater, Newcastle, England 
Length: 34 Minutes 54 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 6 in C major, H 49 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor:  David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1820; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  St. Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle, UK 
Length: 30 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 7 in C minor, H 58 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor:  David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822/1832; England 
8.
Sonata for Piano in B major, H 17 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1813; England 
9.
Nocturne for Piano no 1 in E flat major, H 24 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; England 
10.
Nocturne for Piano no 2 in C minor, H 25 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1812; England 
11.
Nocturne for Piano no 3 in A flat major, H 26 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1812; England 
12.
Nocturne for Piano no 4 in A major, H 36 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; England 
13.
Nocturne for Piano no 5 in B flat major, H 37 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Ireland 
14.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 1/H 8: no 1 in E flat major by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1801; England 
15.
Nocturne for Piano no 6 in F major, H 40 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; England 
16.
Nocturne for Piano no 7 in C major, H 45 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1821; England 
17.
Nocturne for Piano no 8 in A major, H 14E by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1815; England 
18.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 1/H 8: no 2 in A major by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1801; England 
19.
Nocturne for Piano no 9 in E flat major, H 30 "Romance" by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816; England 
20.
Nocturne for Piano no 10 in E minor, H 46b by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; England 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
21.
Nocturne for Piano no 11 in E flat major, H 56A by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1833; England 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
22.
Nocturne for Piano no 12 in G major, H 58D by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1834; England 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
23.
Nocturne for Piano no 13 in D minor, H 59 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; England 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
24.
Nocturne for Piano no 14 in C major, H 60 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; England 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
25.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 1/H 8: no 3 in C minor by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1801; England 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 
26.
Nocturne for Piano no 15 in C major, H 61 by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; England 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
27.
Nocturne for Piano no 16 in F major, H 62A by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1836; England 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
28.
Nocturne for Piano no 17 in E major, H 54A "Grand Pastorale" by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1832; England 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs. 
29.
Nocturne for Piano no 18 in E major, H 13K "Twelve O'Clock" by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1832; England 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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 Blissful music in a world that needs it! February 9, 2019 By Mary P. (Denver, CO) See All My Reviews "I love this set of peaceful, serene music by one of my favorite composers. The execution was wonderful and worth more than I paid. A joy for years to come." Report Abuse
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