- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Classical
- Label: Dutton Epoch
- ASIN: B005SE15OI
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Stanley Bate - Piano Concerto No.2 & Sinfonietta No.1 / Franz Reizenstein - Piano Concerto No.2 Classical
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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 characterised by its relentless energy and onward drive. Bate was a man who readily absorbed what was new, and if we sense the occasional flavour 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 recognise the ebullient voice of Bate himself in two scores that just precede his celebrated Third Symphony. The Finale of the Concerto is a tour de force of exhilarating, headlong passagework and catchy tunes and motifs. 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. World premiere recordings. Track listing: Franz Reizenstein: Piano Concerto No.2 in F (1961); Stanley Bate: Piano Concerto No.2 in C major, Op.28 (1940); Sinfonietta No.1, Op.22 (1938)
Top Customer Reviews
After the dynamic first movement with its breathless solo passages, the second is a more restrained affair, although even here the piano threatens to break free at times, the orchestra seeming to keep the soloist's feet on the ground. The finale returns to the dynamic mood - as well as to some of the thematic material - of the first movement. The main cadenza of the concerto, which makes great demands on the soloist, comes after a powerful orchestral climax, and is followed by a race between piano and orchestra for the finishing line.
Dutton have already championed a number of Stanley Bate's major works (Third and Fourth Symphonies, Viola Concerto), and the Piano Concerto No.2 is presented here. Written in 1940, it has much of the energy and dynamism found in the Reizenstein, especially in the outer movements, though here the influence is Shostakovich rather than Hindemith. The first movement begins with a breezy theme in the orchestra, with buoyant piano passagework superimposed upon it. The orchestra drives the movement rhythmically, while the piano makes much use of running semiquavers.Read more ›