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Gounod: Complete Works For Piano & Orchestra [Robe&hellip ~ Roberto Prosseda
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The piano playing (or should I say pianos playing) is really astounding at times and I am very grateful to hear these works in their original format. The performance from Prosseda easily makes up for what is essentially music of no real distinction. Tuneful enough but not top drawer from such a usually enterprising composer. Dutiful rather than inspired. A good "once in a while" listen then.
Arnold Bax Symphony in F (realised by Martin Yates&hellip ~ Arnold Bax
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Whilst the Symphony would clearly have benefitted from Bax actually doing some work on it some years after he wrote it, I think it is a hugely enjoyable piece. Perhaps as a "symphony" the somewhat rhapsodic episodes make it a sometimes contentious listen, however I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the piece. Each movement is like a tone poem of it's own and although I readily enjoy listening to the outer movements, I really love the second and third movements particularly. The second movement contains one of Bax's most delicious melodies and the third whips along in a kind of sardonic waltz, all the while raising the game in power and momentum. The orchestra are splendid, it sounds as if… Read more
Cyril Scott Piano Concerto & Cello Concerto ~ Cyril Scott
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational, 14 Jun 2013
The moment the Overture on this disc began I knew I was going to love this early music by the British maverick composer/author/general polymath Cyril Scott. Romantic orchestrations with melodies flowing along. Clearly Scott was inspired at this stage in his life and I just have to keep listening to this wonderful recording. Raphael Wallfisch is perfect in the Cello Concerto, how much more interesting this piece is than the later published concerto. Wallfisch brings to this work his famous singing tone and has just the right feel for the melancholic phrase endings. The Piano Concerto is a tour de force and nobody could have played this with more commitment than the brilliant Peter Donohoe… Read more