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  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0007XHKYO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Paul Bunyan, Op. 17 (arr. C. Matthews): Paul Bunyan, Op. 17: Overture (arr. C. Matthews) 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Piano Concerto, Op. 13: Toccata (Allegro molto e con brio)12:27Album Only
  3. Piano Concerto, Op. 13: Waltz (Allegretto) 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Piano Concerto, Op. 13: Impromptu (Andante lento) 7:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Piano Concerto, Op. 13: March (Allegro moderato sempre a la marcia) 8:38Album Only
  6. Piano Concerto, Op. 13: Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 13: Recitative and Aria (original third movement) 9:36Album Only
  7. Suite from Johnson over Jordan (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Overture 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Suite from Johnson over Jordan (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Introduction 1:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Suite from Johnson over Jordan (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Incinerators' Ballet 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Suite from Johnson over Jordan (arr. P. Hindmarsh): The Spider and the Fly 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Suite from Johnson over Jordan (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Approach of Death 1:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Suite from Johnson over Jordan (arr. P. Hindmarsh): End Music 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BookwormEla on 9 Aug. 2012
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This recording of Britten's Piano Concerto is teamed with some rarer works from Britten, Johnson Over Jordan, and music from Paul Bunyan. The Piano Concerto also includes Britten's original 3rd movement (included after the whole of the revised concerto, where it feels a little out of place).

Joanna MacGregor is an excellent soloist, but I feel this recording doesn't let her (or the English Chamber Orchestra under Steuart Bedford) shine: it's oddly muddy-sounding and muffled at low volume, and still isn't very clear at higher volume (and was shown up by a recording of the Britten Violin Concerto which I bought at the same time, which is on Hyperion). This is a fault I've noticed with some other Naxos recordings. I suppose one can't complain too much, given the cheap price of the disc, but that's mostly why I've only given it three stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 April 2010
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I've given this recording five stars even though, I must confess, that I'm not a big fan of the concerto. The piano concerto was written after the violin concerto. whilst the violin concerto is almost symphonic in tis intesity and concentation the piano concerto is more like a suite of character pieces, notably lacking in drama. It is good to have the previously discarded movement though I can see why Britten dropped it. Both the concertos and Johnson Over Jordan were written within two years of each other but the piano concerto sounds like the work of a much kolder composer than the first two even if it lacks the depth of the violin concerto.

There is plenty of virtuouso piano writing in the outer movements but, inspite of its bright start, this is no showpiece concerto. Joanna MacGregor is superb in what is a fine recording, originally issued under the Collins label. Steuart Bedford is a notable Britten expert so all the performances are top drawer.

Johnson Over Jordan is the big surprise. It's a rarity but has plenty of fine music. This is theatre music with plenty of bite and satire; something we associate with the young Britten. What will particularly catch many ears is the jazz movement - sounding for all the world liek Gershwin. Lasting well over twenty minutes, this suite is no minor trifle and is worth tthe price of the disc alone. Add to that, the enigmatic Piano Concerto in the best performance available; this disc comes highly recommended.
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By Mr. Peter A. Bourne on 15 July 2014
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Great disc of lesser known Britten. The 'Johnston Over Jordan' suite is a real find.
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MacGregor's Piano Concerto is Equal to Richter's ... 4 May 2005
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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... but different. Richter's well-loved recording of Britten's only piano concerto, with Britten conducting, is Big Concerto romantic in its take on the work. MacGregor's (and conductor Steuart Bedford's) is rather more neoclassic, almost sounding in spots as if it had been written by one of Les Six (except, of course, for the intentionally Prokofievian finale). That's partly because of the recorded sound. Richter/Britten was recorded in 1970 and although the sound has worn well, it has the orchestra somewhat recessed in comparison to the spotlight on Richter's piano. In the present recording the orchestra, which has some really quite wonderful things to say, is treated as an equal partner. This is all to the advantage of the music, I feel. Add to that the brio that MacGregor brings to her performance, and you have a winner. MacGregor, like Richter, is no shrinking violet and she more than holds her own. It is well known that seven years after the 1938 première of the Concerto (with Britten himself at the piano), the composer threw out the original third movement (of four, subtitled 'Recitative and Aria') and composed a new one, called 'Impromptu.' This recording includes, as the concerto's fifth track, that original. My own opinion is that although there are some lovely moments in the original movement, Britten's replacement works better. But it's good to hear it.

The other pieces here are the rollicking overture to Britten's early American opera 'Paul Bunyan,' written while he and Peter Pears were in the US early in the War. The overture had been dropped when the opera was premièred and existed only in piano score; it was orchestrated by Britten's amanuensis, Colin Matthews, in the 1970s, and brilliantly so. And the CD ends with Paul Hindmarsh's arrangement of Britten's incidental music for J. B. Priestley's 1939 play, 'Johnson over Jordan.' It is notable for its use of jazz, particularly in the big band number 'The Spider and the Fly,' which sounds like nothing that I can recall Britten ever writing. It is luscious and even a little sexy. Who knew Britten was capable of writing this kind of music?

This budget-priced CD is a compilation put together from early 1990s performances released separately on the now-defunct Collins Classics label. Bedford as an exponent of Britten's music needs no special pleading; he is obviously the most expert Britten conductor we have. Sound is marvelous and these performances have a freshness and verve that is entirely infectious.

Warmly recommended.

TT=64:00

Scott Morrison
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Benjamin Britten: In loving memory... 27 Dec. 2013
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In many stages of the world, Britten's first centennary was celebrated. And the release of this album was perfectly to pay tribute to his memory.

Joanna Mac Gregor, draws a Britten with incorporeal ambiance, achieving a memorable performance. Steuart Bedford is very expressive too as accompanist conductor, and kudos too in Paul bunyan's Overture and Johnson over jordan's Suite. The English Chamber Orchestra is at the top, once more, showing the absolute conviction and commitment they put to make this recording was one of the most interesting of the year.

An album that definitively may not be absent from your collection. Once youpurcahse it, the love for it will be instantaneous. Be my guest...
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Bright Britten 13 Jan. 2009
By Robert S. Costic - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is what made me fall in love with Britten. His other works are great, but many of them can be dark or at least emotionally distant (I'm thinking of his violin concerto and cello symphony, for examples). The works here are in contrast very bright, tuneful, and engaging.
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