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Francis Shaw (b.1942): Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Martin Jones, piano; Francis Shaw, Slovak National Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Shaw, Francis : Concerto for Piano no 1
>Shaw, Francis : Concerto for Piano no 2
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Francis Shaw was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, in 1942 and has become one of the most versatile of contemporary British composers, having written a wide range of music, most notably for film and television. In addition, he has enjoyed parallel careers as a respected professor of composition and musical administrator. As with many composers whose work has taken them into diverse musical fields, the range of his accomplishments has tended to draw attention away from what lies at the heart of his output – his serious music, less extensive than that of his more commercial work, but which - as the concertos on this disc amply demonstrate - is of a quality and achievement manifestly deserving of far greater recognition than it has received hitherto. Shaw’s serious output contains two operas and two further concertos (for viola and for harpsichord), but within his concert music, his piano concertos have to be considered as being amongst the most greatly significant contributions to the genre by any British composer of the last six decades – fully the equal of more well-known examples as those by Rawsthorne (No 2), Rubbra, Tippett, Bennett, Hoddinott and McCabe. Robert Matthew-Walker

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Concert Studio of the Slovak Radio, Bratislava (11/29/2014-11/30/2014).



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>Shaw, Francis : Concerto for Piano no 1
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Conductor: Francis Shaw
  • Ensemble: Slovak National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Concert Studio of the Slovak Radio, Bratislava (11/29/2014-11/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1988

>Shaw, Francis : Concerto for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Conductor: Francis Shaw
  • Notes: The Concert Studio of the Slovak Radio, Bratislava (11/29/2014-11/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2013