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The Romantic Piano Concerto 19 - Mackenzie, Tovey / Osborne

Album Summary

>Tovey, Donald Francis : Concerto for Piano in A major Op 15
>Mackenzie, Alexander : Piano Concerto, Op. 55 ("Scottish")
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"With these two British concertos, Hyperion reaches the 19th recording in its celebrated series, "The Romantic Piano Concerto"...These concertos were composed within six years of each other...Another winner from Hyperion." --Lace, Fanfare, 2/99"The performances are all one might ask for. Perhaps it is fitting that a Scottish pianist and orchestra perform these works...Hyperion's whole production is first rate..." --Bauman, American Record Guide

'Another hugely enjoyable release of Scottish music from Hyperion' (The Scotsman)

'A super disc' (Gramophone)

'What a bonanza this Hyperion offering is! If you fancy piano concertos you'll find plenty in these two neglected specimens to challenge and enchant you' (Fanfare, USA)

'A marvellous and magnificent disc' (Hi Fi News)

'A fascinating release. The whole enterprise could hardly wish for a more eloquent or dashingly persuasive exponent than Steven Osborne, who clearly believes in every note' (Piano International)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
From the horns' call to arms at the outset of the piece to the irrepressible merrymaking of the closing pages, Edinburgh-born Sir Alexander Mackenzie's Scottish Concerto (1897) spells firm enjoyment, and it's astonishing that this is its first recording. Cast in three movements, each of which employs a traditional Scottish melody, it's a thoroughly endearing and beautifully crafted work which wears its native colours without any hint of stale cliché or cloying sentimentality; indeed, the canny wit, genuine freshness and fertile imagination with which Mackenzie treats his material are in evidence throughout the work.

By contrast, Edinburgh-based Sir Donald Tovey's Piano Concerto (1903) exhibits a rather more formal demeanour, its three movements brimful of youthful ambition and possessing a very Brahmsian solidity and dignity.

Tovey's idiomatically assured writing isn't always entirely untouched by a certain academic earnestness, but on the whole any unwanted stuffiness is deftly kept at bay. In fact, repeated hearings only strengthen one's admiration for this work.

No praise can be too high for Steven Osborne's contribution, while the excellent Martyn Brabbins draws a splendidly stylish and alert response from his fine BBC group. Sound and balance are excellent too.



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Works Details

>Tovey, Donald Francis : Concerto for Piano in A major Op 15
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Mackenzie, Alexander : Piano Concerto, Op. 55 ("Scottish")
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto