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Bate: Piano Concerto No. 2; Reizenstein / Victor Sangiorgio

Audio Samples

>Reizenstein, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major
>Bate, Stanley : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C major, Op. 28
>Bate, Stanley : Sinfonietta no 1, Op. 22

Album Summary

>Reizenstein, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major
>Bate, Stanley : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C major, Op. 28
>Bate, Stanley : Sinfonietta no 1, Op. 22
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The public response to Dutton Epoch's exploration of the orchestral music of Stanley Bate has been very positive, and there will surely be new enthusiasts for this fourth volume, which features the Second Piano Concerto and the First Sinfonietta, coupled with another Dutton Epoch discovery, the music of Franz Reizenstein whose Second Piano Concerto is grippingly played by Victor Sangiorgio. Here Dutton Epoch celebrates the centenary of the birth of both composers: Bate born in Plymouth, Reizenstein in Nuremberg (and coming to the UK in 1934). Stanley Bate's scores date from 1938 and 1940, and his Concerto is characterized by its relentless energy and onward drive. Bate was a man who readily absorbed what was new, and if we sense the occasional flavor of Hindemith and the Shostakovich First Piano Concerto (complete with obbligato trumpet in the finale) in the fast music, and the lyricism of Poulenc in the slow movement, we also quickly recognize the ebullient voice of Bate himself in two scores that just precede his celebrated Third Symphony. Franz Reizenstein was one of the many composers and musicians who were forced to leave Germany when the Nazis came to power. Reizenstein wrote in all forms, with much piano music and chamber music. The Second Piano Concerto, perhaps briefly his most popular orchestral work, was first performed by the composer at a BBC broadcast concert from Maida Vale on 7 June 1961. Published in 1962, it was seen as an approachable modern work, and indeed pianist Victor Sangiorgio brings a romantic sweep to his performance, which is surely what the composer intended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (06/23/2011); RSNO Centre, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow (06/23/2011); Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (06/24/2011/08/02/2011); RSNO Centre, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow (06/24/2011/08/02/2011).



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Works Details

>Reizenstein, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major
  • Performer: Victor Sangiorgio (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1961

>Bate, Stanley : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C major, Op. 28
  • Performer: Victor Sangiorgio (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Running Time: 24 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1940

>Bate, Stanley : Sinfonietta no 1, Op. 22
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Running Time: 19 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1938