Epoch - Montague Phillips, Hely-Hutchinson: Piano Concertos / Sutherland, Norris, BBC Concert Orchestra

Album Summary

>Phillips, Montague : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor
>Phillips, Montague : Concerto for Piano no 2 in E major, Op. 32
>Hely-Hutchinson, Victor : Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra "The Young Idea"
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The first two volumes of Montague Phillips' tuneful orchestral music from Dutton Epoch were warmly received on their release. Now here is the third volume, presenting both of his rather substantial 'Piano Concertos'. In the 1960s, the Second Concerto (1919) was often broadcast on the BBC, but the First Concerto (1907) has not been heard for more than ninety years, the music having turned up after a search of the family attic. Both works are brilliantly played by pianist David Owen Norris and will delight any fan of York Bowen's piano concertos. This charming, exquisitely scored music takes us back to the Edwardian world of Montague Phillips (1885-1969) - the paragon of light music composers.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Purely for sound quality, this disc is a winner. It is a sumptuous, full-blooded recording with a richly resonant bass matched by the soloist's powerful Fazioli. Both concertos are real finds.

The F sharp minor First Concerto (1907) has not been played for more than 95 years; the E major (1919) especially, once a favourite of conductor Vilem Tausky, is tremendously effective. It would bring the house down were it played at the Proms again (it received its premiere there in 1920) if only for the last movement's big tune which simultaneously combines Celtic lament, Elgarian nobilmente and a (prescient) celluloid weepie. True, the orchestra has the best of this, but the soloist, by the time of its final full statement, has earned a few bars' rest. Talking of whom, Norris gives the performance of his life in these two works, handling the bravura writing with aplomb and total conviction. He also has a marvellous repose at the keyboard - in the slow movement of the First Concerto, for example, before it builds to its shattering climax. Less, he knows, is more.

The final (eight-minute) work, aptly subtitled 'Cum Grano Salis' is, as the composer noted only three years after its publication in 1931, 'hopelessly out of date' and a somewhat bathetic appendage to the grand romance of Phillips's concertos.

Gramophone Magazine
Both concertos are real finds. Norris gives the performance of his life in these two works, handling the bravura writing... with aplomb and total conviction.



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Works Details

>Phillips, Montague : Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor
  • Performer: David Norris (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (01/14/2008-01/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Phillips, Montague : Concerto for Piano no 2 in E major, Op. 32
  • Performer: David Norris (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (01/14/2008-01/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Hely-Hutchinson, Victor : Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra "The Young Idea"
  • Performer: David Norris (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
  • Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (01/14/2008-01/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928