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Field - Piano Concertos Nos 5 & 6 [CD]

Benjamin Frith , John Field , David Haslam , Northern Sinfonia Audio CD
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  • Performer: Benjamin Frith
  • Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
  • Conductor: David Haslam
  • Composer: John Field
  • Audio CD (27 Dec 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00005Y4CC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 5 in C major, H. 39, "L'incendie par l'Orage": I. Allegro moderatoBenjamin Frith17:02Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 5 in C major, H. 39, "L'incendie par l'Orage": II. AdagioDavid Haslam 2:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 5 in C major, H. 39, "L'incendie par l'Orage": III. Rondo allegroBenjamin Frith 7:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 6 in C major, H. 49 x: I. Allegro moderatoBenjamin Frith19:22Album Only
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 6 in C major, H. 49 x: II. LarghettoDavid Haslam 5:360.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 6 in C major, H. 49 x: III. Rondo moderatoBenjamin Frith 5:400.69  Buy MP3 

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Born in Dublin in 1782, John Field was a celebrated pianist who spent much of his time on the move around Europe, both playing and playing around. His piano concertos give a hint as to the nature of his keyboard talents--poetic and delicate, with a strong element of fantasy rather than the outright virtuosity expected by audiences of his day. But there's drama too, as in the fifth concerto's depiction of "fire by lightning"--possibly a reference to events surrounding Napoleon's retreat from Moscow. As in his previous Naxos releases of Field concertos, Benjamin Frith shows (on a modern instrument) that he has the measure of Field's improvisatory style. The filigree nature of much of the writing (the last movement of No. 6, for example) finds his touch unfailingly sensitive, the ear for sound unmistakable. The Northern Sinfonia does a sound if unspectacular job, but the slight drawback is the confined acoustic of the celebrated historic Jubilee Theatre at St Nicholas Hospital in Newcastle--a slightly uncomfortable listen at times including, here and there, the piano sound. But this remains a bargain route to discovering some delightful music, fresh and original. --Andrew Green

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CD Composer: Field,John

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little-known gem 26 Sep 2008
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It's difficult to fault this recording: lyrical, animated and colourful. The "fire from lightning" section in the first movement of the 5th has fantastic energy; the quieter, nocturne-like middle movements from both concertos are played beautifully.
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as expected... a good rendition if a little fuzzy in the orchestrals. The pianist is excellent, good variation in expressions.

Good value for the very very cheap price. Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIELD PIANO CONCERTOS 5 Feb 2013
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A Christmas gift for my mother - she is delighted with it, along with the other two CD's I bought for her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances of underperformed music 1 May 2002
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Apart from some historians and musical anoraks, John Field isn't a name that many will have heard of. What a pity, as his music is consistently graceful and joyous. The highly decorative, ornamented quality of the music inevitably suggests, not unfairly, Chopin. And anyone interested in the development of the Romantic piano concerto shouldn't fail to investigate his music. Listening to it today, Field's influence on composers such as Hummel, Chopin, Schumann and Liszt are easy to hear in the promotion of the soloist to the position of star performer, the reduction of the orchestral part to a supporting role and the freeing up of the classical sonata form.
So, to the performances. They're thoroughly excellent and enjoyable. Frith skips and dances his way through the intricate passagework, bringing the seemingly never-ending figurations to life. His fleet-fingered playing never fails to make you listen and follow the contours of the musical line. Try the wonderfully nonchalant passage in the 5th concerto (track one, beginning 6.22 through to the end of the exposition.) Mention must also be made of the accompaniment of the Northern Sinfonia under David Halsam. They give subtle support to the pianist, even if at times I felt that they could be slightly more ebullient. The bright recording sometimes produces a hint of fierceness in the treble of the piano, but it is at least up to the standard of the more established (expensive?) companies. Finally, at a superbudget price this CD is a true bargain. It would be desirable even if were at the top end of the price range. There's no real reason not to explore this music by an under-rated and sadly forgotten composer.
(Incidentally, the other issues in this concerto survey are the equal of the present recording. Try the coupling of No.2 & No.4 for another super combination of wonderful music with top-notch performances.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable 27 Jan 2008
By David Saemann - Published on
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This is an absolutely delightful disc. Frith is a fine pianist. His CD of the Mendelssohn concerti is probably the best version since Rudolf Serkin's. Here he is incredibly attuned to Field's idiom. Field was known as a pianist for his delicacy and subtle nuances. Frith emulates that style admirably. The concertos themselves are crucial works in delineating the changes in the art form between Beethoven and Chopin. Personally, I felt the CD ended too soon, I was enjoying it so much. The orchestra sounds fine, although I played the disc on two different machines and had disappointing results with the sound on one of them. In sum, this is a real find.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent playing of fine music 26 Jan 2010
By G.D. - Published on
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John Field's fifth piano concerto, subtitled `L'incendie par l'Orage' (`Fire by Lightning') is a bravura piece par excellence, and Benjamin Frith raises to the challenge with some scintillating virtuouso pianism; glittering and ferocious and powerful, but also almost effortless-sounding and with marvelous phrasing. Yes, the work has a tendency to lapse into empty bombast, but there are some very fine things here as well (some genuinely inspired, almost sultry quieter passages and a spirited, bouncing last movement, for instance).

The sixth concerto is lighter and brighter and requires less technical wizardry, but even more poetry and lightness of touch, and Frith is no less compelling here. He is also very well accompanied by the Northern Sinfonia under David Haslam in both works. On the negative side? Well, the sound quality isn't quite the best Naxos has managed to produce, being very close and cavernous, leading almost to distortion of the orchestra at times. Still, this is a very appealing release and one that deserves a hearty welcome.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Field piano music 4 Nov 2010
By Samuel D. Thomas - Published on
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My other review of Field reflects my personal thoughts on Field. This is for Field enthusiasts.
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