Erik Chisholm: Piano Concertos nos 1 & 2 / Danny Driver, piano

Album Summary

>Chisholm, Erik : Concerto for Piano no 1 ("Piobaireachd")
>Chisholm, Erik : Concerto for Piano no 2 ("Hindustani")
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Erik Chisholm was a fascinating musical polymath - a composer, conductor and performer as well as a collector of folk music from his native Scotland. Born in Glasgow in 1904, his attitude to music was progressive; looking towards central European modernism (he was dubbed 'MacBartók'). Chisholm's understanding and mastery of the piano is evident in his two concertos. The first, Pìobaireachd (bagpipe music), uses sinuous traditional Scottish themes to thrilling effect in a work that is both exotic and lyrical. The Hindustani concerto was inspired by Chisholm's posting to the Far East during the Second World War and friendship with Sorabji. Rising star Danny Driver is the soloist alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Rory Macdonald in these captivatingly original works.

"[Chishom's First Concerto is] full of provocative rhythm and utterly devoid of cliche. His second is even more elaborate, drawing its inspiration from the beguiling ragas of Hindustan, their evocative intervals and sensuous, twisting melodies handled beautifully here by Danny Driver in this premiere recording." -The Observer

BBC Music Magazine
Chisholm was himself a formidable pianist, and both Concertos teem with the kind of brilliant bravura keyboard writing that is meat and drink to Driver. The orchestration is colourfully, but conductor Rory Macdonald has it well in hand. Revelatory.

bbc.co.uk
Chisholm's modernist music is as extraordinary and perplexing as it is beautiful...[he] emerges as a composer in full command of both the orchestra and the piano, expertly employing their respective resonances and timbres...Driver is in equally full and exuberant command of his instrument. His confident, crisply embellished readings are stylish, multi-hued, and enlivening nailings of the modernist tone.

Gramophone Magazine
It would be difficult to overpraise this wonderfully enterprising disc...and it would be hard to imagine playing of a more coruscating brilliance, delicacy and affection. The superb Danny Driver gives his all and is partnered to the hilt by the Scottish conductor Rory Macdonald.

The Observer, March 2012
[Chisholm's First Concerto is] full of provocative rhythm and utterly devoid of cliche. His second is even more elaborate, drawing its inspiration from the beguiling ragas of Hindustan, their evocative intervals and sensuous, twisting melodies handled beautifully here by Danny Driver in this premiere recording.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
I am not quite sure that I'm ready to begin traveling down the Chisholm trail, but I will certainly be listening to this recording several more times. It is time to give it a rest while I check my blood pressure.

MusicWeb International, May 2012
These substantial works receive carefully prepared and strongly committed performances that seem to do this wonderful music full justice; so does the superb recording. Full marks, too, for John Purser's well-informed and detailed insert notes. In short this is an important release and a most welcome addition to this distinguished composer's expanding discography.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/08/2011-06/09/2011).



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>Chisholm, Erik : Concerto for Piano no 1 ("Piobaireachd")
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Conductor: Rory MacDonald
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/08/2011-06/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1932

>Chisholm, Erik : Concerto for Piano no 2 ("Hindustani")
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Conductor: Rory MacDonald
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/08/2011-06/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1949