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Alfred Hill (1869-1960): Piano Concerto; Piano Sonata; George Frederick Boyle (1886-1948): Piano Concerto; "The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 69" / Piers Lane, piano; Johannes Fritzsch, Adalaide Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Hill, Alfred : Concerto for Piano in A major
>Boyle, George Frederick : Concerto for Piano in D minor
>Hill, Alfred : Sonata for Piano in A major
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Though lesser-known today, composers Alfred Hill and George Boyle enjoyed distinguished careers, both in their native Australia and abroad. Hill was known as the 'grand old man' of Australian musical life in his time. His Piano Concerto in A minor and Piano Sonata in A major *are effectively the same work, the one being an orchestral expansion of the other. In addition to his work as a composer, Boyle took on students in New York that included such luminaries as Copland and Barber. *The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.69 features his Piano Concerto in D minor. All works are performed here by Piers Lane and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra led by Johannes Fritzsch.

The Observer, 23rd October 2016
An intriguing disc of Australian examples, Piers Lane making a convincing case for his countrymen's music. Alfred Hill's 1941 concerto has a breezy, sunny disposition, with hardly a dark cloud in the sky... [Boyle's is] altogether graver than Hill's [and] has a final movement to rival anything coming out of Europe at the time.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2016
One cannot imagine a more persuasive, artful advocate of the music of his two compatriots than Piers Lane who, frankly, is worth hearing in whatever he plays.

MusicWeb International, 2nd December 2016
A very welcome addition to this series; the Boyle is the stand-out.

Classical Ear, December 2016
The centrepiece is Boyle's Concerto in D minor. Composed in 1911, making it arguably the first significant such work by an Australian, it is unabashedly romantic, with orchestral writing of considerable character that feels both ripe and robust, and a particularly thoughtful piano line... Piers Lane and the Adelaide Symphony play with conviction and make a persuasive case for the Boyle if not for the Hill.



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Works Details

>Hill, Alfred : Concerto for Piano in A major
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Conductor: Johannes Fritzsch
  • Ensemble: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 26 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1941

>Boyle, George Frederick : Concerto for Piano in D minor
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Conductor: Johannes Fritzsch
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1911

>Hill, Alfred : Sonata for Piano in A major
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic