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Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003): The Complete Piano Concertos (4) / Piers Lane, piano; Tasmanian SO, Shelley

Audio Samples

>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 1 in A major
>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for 2 pianos & strings in A minor
>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F sharp minor
>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major
>Williamson, Malcolm : Sinfonia Concertante, for 3 trumpets, piano & strings in F sharp major
>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 4 in D major

Album Summary

>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 1 in A major
>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for 2 pianos & strings in A minor
>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F sharp minor
>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major
>Williamson, Malcolm : Sinfonia Concertante, for 3 trumpets, piano & strings in F sharp major
>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 4 in D major
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion presents a rarity in their ongoing Anglo-Australian artistic collaboration: music by an Australian composer who was once at the heart of the English establishment. Malcolm Williamson was one of many Australian creative artists who relocated to Britain in the mid-twentieth century. Within a decade of settling in London he had established a reputation as one of the most gifted and prolific composers of his generation. However today, he is almost forgotten and his music virtually never performed. This set of his complete Piano Concertos is therefore an important document as well as a compendium of deeply appealing music. Piers Lane, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Howard Shelley are the ideal performers of these unjustly neglected works.

MusicWeb International, 13th March 2014
Williamson is a fascinating composer who wrote temperamental music without any hint of academia in its bloodstream. This very special and extremely attractive set will further enhance his standing. Superb music and music-making.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
The late Malcolm Williamson may have had his unruly side, but he was vastly and variously gifted...Lane is the tireless soloist, crisply percussive or touchingly lyrical as required, and Howard Shelley conducts with efficiency and conviction.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
What is memorable is Lane's playing. Whether dazzling or reflective, he shows a total empathy for Williamson. He is superbly partnered by Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Sound and balance are outstanding, and Hyperion's presentation is both lavish and informative.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
The concertos are all in the standard three movements (fast-slow-fast) and are thoroughly entertaining. The composer made his early career as a professional pianist, so lively virtuosity can be expected. All are in keys (No. 1 is in A, for example). Fast movements are lively and tuneful, slow movements lyrical and often romantic. Williamson has a jolly sense of humor, which he attributes to his Australian background. His slow music can be quite beautiful. The Two-piano Concerto is along the same lines as the other concertos, as is the Sinfonia Concertante (1958-62) for piano, three trumpets, and string orchestra. Despite its freshness and skill, this is pretty slight stuff. All of it is superbly performed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart (2012-07-18_2012-07-21&2013-).



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Works Details

>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 1 in A major
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart (04/17/2013-04/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1957-1958

>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for 2 pianos & strings in A minor
  • Performers: Howard Shelley (Piano); Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart (07/18/2012-07/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1973

>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F sharp minor
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart (07/18/2012-07/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1960

>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart (07/18/2012-07/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1962

>Williamson, Malcolm : Sinfonia Concertante, for 3 trumpets, piano & strings in F sharp major
  • Performers: Mark Bain (Trumpet); Yoram Levy (Trumpet); Piers Lane (Piano); Martin Phillipson (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart (04/17/2013-04/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1958-1961

>Williamson, Malcolm : Concerto for Piano no 4 in D major
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart (04/17/2013-04/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1993-1994