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Hans Gál (1890-1987): Concerto for Piano & Orchestra; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 / Sarah Beth Briggs, piano; Royal Northern Sinfonia, Kenneth Woods

Album Summary

>Gál, Hans : Piano Concerto, Op. 57
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Bringing to light another of Hans Gál's gorgeously melodic and finely crafted scores, AVIE presents the world premiere recording of the Austrian émigré's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with English pianist Sarah Beth Briggs supported by Gál aficionado Kenneth Woods conducting the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Written in 1948, Gál's large-scale romantic concerto abounds with sweeping phrases and pyrotechnics, yet at the heart of the piece lies the composer's signature clarity and precision, making the work an ideal coupling for his 18th century Viennese compatriot Mozart's great E-flat major concerto of 1785.

NPR
Hats off to conductor Kenneth Woods [for] making a case for Gál's elegantly built orchestral pieces ... Here's hoping this is the beginning of a substantial Gál revival.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
Briggs gives a wonderfully balanced reading of music that seems familiar - in its classical poise and charm - and strange... Kenneth Woods and the Royal Northern Sinfonia accompany superbly... with crystal-clear sound, this is [a] most enjoyable concerto disc.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
Wood's deft handling of the orchestral textures is a perfect foil to Briggs' adroit virtuosity... at one point, time almost stands still, and the pianist's pellucid tone is raptly intense.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hall One, Sage Gateshead, England (01/12/2016-01/14/2016).



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>Gál, Hans : Piano Concerto, Op. 57
  • Performer: Sara Briggs (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Ensemble: Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: Hall One, Sage Gateshead, England (01/12/2016-01/14/2016)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1948

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482
  • Performer: Sara Briggs (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bradley Creswick
  • Notes: Hall One, Sage Gateshead, England (01/12/2016-01/14/2016)
  • Running Time: 36 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785