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5.0 out of 5 stars Crystalline Piano, 14 Feb 2011
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This review is from: Field: PIANO CONCERTOS Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
These fresh-faced, smiling piano concertos do indeed have a Chopinesque quality, with the playing generating a delicate and beguiling charm.(Field's work of course pre-dated Chopin, so perhaps we should say that his work show's Field's influence?) Frith and the Northern Sinfonia under Haslam deliver a performance which revels in Field's lively variety of tone, modulation, rhythm and colour, is fluid and fluent throughout, with a real sense of new discovery. The acoustic is warm yet clear, allowing the music to sparkle with a crystalline clarity. This is only the first of an enterprising Naxos series on Field's shamefully neglected works; given the level of critical acclaim (Gramophone adjudge it a 'very formidable' account and, like the Penguin Guide *** make it a 'strong recommendation') it's to be hoped that this will introduce this deserving work to a larger audience. A beautiful bargain.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-class Field from Frith, 14 Jan 2011
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I listened to this and another from Frith's series of the Field concertos after making my review of the complete set of concertos played by Italian performers on the Brilliant Classics label, which I gave a qualified recommendation to. Having done so, I really think that it's worth paying a little more than the Brilliant Classics set sells for to obtain these Naxos recordings. The Field concertos have had a chequered recording history; on vinyl there were dreadful performances from Frank Merrick, and somewhat indifferent ones from Felicja Blumenthal and Rena Kyriakou. Later issues on cd improved the picture but there have been certain drawbacks to the various sets. I'm pleased to say that Benjamin Frith plays these concertos splendidly with all the grace, charm and virtuosity that they need and the orchestral contributions are also very well done. In fact, as a result of the excellent performances, the music itself sounds a good deal more worthwhile than it does on many another recording.

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIELD CONCERTOS, 5 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Field: PIANO CONCERTOS Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
Another Christmas gift for my mother. Along with the other two Field CD's has given her hours of pleasure. They are nearly always being played when I visit her each day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piano Works, 6 Aug 2009
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Why isn't Field better known? His piano works are a delight; delicate, sweet and delightful background music- reminiscent of Chopin but with more classical restraint. Beautiful playing on this disc despite the bargain price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Listenable music, 30 Jan 2014
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Can be a bit... reminiscent of some others one knows ... phrases almost appear but fade. Very nice easy listening for a good orchestral afternoon. But don't play him after Rhach or Tchai!
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