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British Composers Premiere Collections, Vol. 5

Album Summary

>Leighton, Kenneth : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 11
>Gipps, Ruth : Theme and Variations for piano, Op. 57a
>Gipps, Ruth : Opalescence, for piano, Op. 72
>Gipps, Ruth : Piano Concerto, Op. 34
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Notes & Reviews:

In a century when most British composers were the product of a solid middle-class background, Kenneth Leighton was a notable exception. Born into a humble family in Wakefield, Yorkshire, Leighton composed three piano concertos. The first, featured here, was written the year he graduated from Oxford and is a lively piece, full of youthful vigor. Ruth Gipps was born in Bexhill-on-Sea in 1921, and as a child prodigy she performed her first composition by the age of eight. At the age of 33, an old injury to her right hand put paid to her career as a pianist and she decided to focus her energies on conducting and composition. She was a pioneering conductor, and became one of the most prolific female British composers.



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Works Details

>Leighton, Kenneth : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 11
  • Performers: Angela Brownridge (Piano); Jose Guttierez (Horn)
  • Conductor: Michael Laus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Gipps, Ruth : Theme and Variations for piano, Op. 57a
  • Performer: Angela Brownridge (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gipps, Ruth : Opalescence, for piano, Op. 72
  • Performer: Angela Brownridge (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gipps, Ruth : Piano Concerto, Op. 34
  • Performers: Angela Brownridge (Piano); Jose Guttierez (Horn)
  • Conductor: Michael Laus
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto