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Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 54 / Somervell: Piano Concerto in A minor 'Highland'; Normandy / Martin Roscoe, piano

Album Summary

>Cowen, Frederic H. : Concertstuck, fantasia for piano & orchestra
>Somervell, Arthur : Normandy, symphonic variations for piano & orchestra
>Somervell, Arthur : Concerto for Piano in A minor ("Highland")
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Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion presents another entertaining addition to the renowned Romantic Piano Concerto series catalogue, this time with three world première recordings featuring the complete works for piano and orchestra by Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen and Sir Arthur Somervell. In his day, Cowen was a hugely successful contemporary of Stanford and Parry. His Concertstück was written in 1897 for Paderewski, who gave the premiere to much acclaim. Somervell is best known for his songs and he wrote comparatively little orchestral music. His symphonic variations, entitled Normandy, were premiered in 1913 by the great scholar and pianist Donald Francis Tovey who did much to champion them. The "Highland" concerto is a late work written for, and premiered by, the Scottish pianist Jessie Munro. It is an uncomplicated and enjoyable romp based on Scottish-sounding themes, which are nevertheless original Somervell. As usual, Martin Roscoe and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are on scintillating form throughout.

Gramophone Magazine
Beyond his customary grace and lucid phrasing, Martin Roscoe dispatches the often taxing writing with stylish élan, while the indefatigible Martyn Brabbins once again leads the wonderful (and underrated) BBC Scottish players in three world premiere recordings that sound as if they've been a much-loved part of their repertoire for years

The Guardian
Martin Roscoe does an impressive job with the fistfuls of notes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (01/13/2010/01/14/2010).



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Works Details

>Cowen, Frederic H. : Concertstück, fantasia for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (01/13/2010/01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1897

>Somervell, Arthur : Normandy, symphonic variations for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (01/13/2010/01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Somervell, Arthur : Concerto for Piano in A minor ("Highland")
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (01/13/2010/01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1921