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Lambert: Piano Concerto, etc / Lloyd-Jones, Plowright, et al

Album Summary

>Lambert, Constant : Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 2 tableaux
>Lambert, Constant : Elegiac Blues "In Memory of Florence Mills"
>Lambert, Constant : Piano Concerto, for piano, 2 trumpets, strings & timpani
>Lambert, Constant : The Bird Actors Overture, for orchestra
>Lambert, Constant : Prize Fight, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Constant Lambert - pioneering ballet composer, maverick author and lover of cats - was composing in those heady days between the two wars when English artistic optimism was at a peak. The first English composer to have a work taken up by Diaghilev, his 'Romeo and Juliet' was premiered by the Russian master in Monte Carlo.

'The performances are splendid. David Lloyd-Jones and the English Northern Philharmonia give the impression of enjoying themselves as much as the composer evidently did ... pianist Jonathan Plowright brings just the right amount of vitality, wit and delicacy. A must for all British music enthusiasts' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Lambert was a maverick, rebelling against convention, and these dapper performances convey both his brilliant craftsmanship and his boundless zest' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Strongly recommended - hats off to Hyperion once again' (HMV Choice)

'sparkling disc of five orchestral works ... Plowright and Lloyd-Jones are masterly advocates for this brilliant, entertaining music' (The Sunday Times)

'a fascinating programme' (The Times)

'Jonathan Plowright cuts a dash with his scintillating technique, opalescent tone and beguiling range of colour ... A winner of a disc, this' (Gramophone Magazine)

'a totally recommendable new CD, which in terms of repertoire, performances and recording quality has the edge over its rivals. In addition, Stephen Lloyd's booklet notes are masterly. All in all, this constitutes a superb issue for the Lambert centenary' (International Record Review)

Gramophone Magazine
A sparkling centenary showcase for the youthful genius of Constant Lambert. Jonathan Plowright cuts a dash with his scintillating technique, opalescent tone and beguiling range of colour, and his partnership with David Lloyd-Jones and the English Northern Philharmonia generates a greater attack and thrust that its predecessor. A winner of a disc...



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Works Details

>Lambert, Constant : Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 2 tableaux
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: English Northern Philharmonia
  • Notes: Clothworkers' Hall, University of Leeds (12/19/2004/12/20/2004)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Lambert, Constant : Elegiac Blues "In Memory of Florence Mills"
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: English Northern Philharmonia
  • Notes: Clothworkers' Hall, University of Leeds (12/19/2004/12/20/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Lambert, Constant : Piano Concerto, for piano, 2 trumpets, strings & timpani
  • Performer: Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: English Northern Philharmonia
  • Notes: Clothworkers' Hall, University of Leeds (12/19/2004/12/20/2004)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Lambert, Constant : The Bird Actors Overture, for orchestra
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: English Northern Philharmonia
  • Notes: Clothworkers' Hall, University of Leeds (12/19/2004/12/20/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925-1927

>Lambert, Constant : Prize Fight, for orchestra
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: English Northern Philharmonia
  • Notes: Clothworkers' Hall, University of Leeds (12/19/2004/12/20/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924-1927