Britten: Piano Concerto; Violin Concerto (both are the revised versions) / Tasmin Little, violin; Howard Shelley, piano

> Piano Concerto, Op. 13 (1945 revised version) - I. Toccata: Allegro molto e con brio
> Piano Concerto, Op. 13 (1945 revised version) - II. Waltz: Allegretto
> Piano Concerto, Op. 13 (1945 revised version) - III. Impromptu: Andante lento
> Piano Concerto, Op. 13 (1945 revised version) - IV. March: Allegro moderato sempre a la marcia
> Piano Concerto, Op. 13 (1945 revised version) - Piano Concerto, Op. 13: III. Recitative and Aria (1938 original version)
> Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 15 - I. Moderato con moto - Agitato - Tempo primo -
> Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 15 - II. Vivace - Animando - Largamente - Cadenza -
> Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 15 - III. Passacaglia

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 13
>Britten, Benjamin : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 15
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Tying in with the 100-year anniversary in 2013 of the composer's birth, we here present two such works, performed by the BBC Philharmonic under Edward Gardner with Chandos stars Tasmin Little and Howard Shelley. The Violin Concerto, here performed dazzlingly by Little, is essentially tragic and weighty in tone, perhaps reflecting his growing concern with the escalation of war-related hostilities. Under Shelley's fingers the Piano Concerto - in a rare recording with the original third movement, "Recitative and Aria" - is generally lighter and brighter, more transparent and simpler in style.

MusicWeb International, 20th May 2013
This is a desirable Chandos release of two marvellous Britten concertos that deserve to be far better known. The playing from soloists Shelley and Little is exemplary. They are accompanied by the outstanding BBC Philharmonic under Edward Gardner's sensitively controlled baton.

Sunday Times, 26th May 2013
Little's interpretation strikes me as one of the finest committed to disc...Even though her partnership with Gardner is new in the work, their dramatic and emotional conception is unified - and particularly arresting in the sizzling central movement's vivace.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2013
Shelley and Edward Gardner create something more mercurial [than Britten's own reading], Gardner conjuring that lithe, high-tension drama he has so successfully achieved with Britten's stage works...We also have a very special reading of the Violin Concerto...Little and Gardner plumb its emotional heart in a performance of great passion and spontaneity.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
Gardner's BBC Phil leads the rough-and-tumbloe with its sharp-edged wind and brusque brass, and the exuberant Howard Shelley matches then every inch of the way...Little has fewer emotionally warm sounds at her disposal than she does energy and commitment...another strong Britten release from Chandos.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Chandos leaves the buyer no doubt as to what he is purchasing. "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 13, 1938, revised 1943. Original Third Movement from Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 15, 1938, revised 1950, 1954, and 1965" These are good, sturdy performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MediaCity UK, Salford (2012-09-10&2012-09-11&2012-).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 13
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: MediaCity UK, Salford (2012-09-10&2012-09-11&2012-)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1938

>Britten, Benjamin : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: MediaCity UK, Salford (2012-09-10&2012-09-11&2012-)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939