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Chisholm: Piano Concertos [Import]

Danny Driver , BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra , Rory Macdonald , Erik Chisholm Audio CD
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  • Performer: Danny Driver
  • Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Rory Macdonald
  • Composer: Erik Chisholm
  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0072A4FKW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Molto moderato (tranquillo) (Piano Concerto No 1 Piobaireachd)
2. Allegro scherzando
3. Adagio
4. Allegro con brio
5. Poco maestoso e con fuoco (Piano Concerto No 2 Hindustani)
6. Tema con variazioni: Andante
7. Rondo burlesca: Allegretto

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Erik Chisholm was a fascinating musical polymath a composer, conductor and performer as well as a collector of folk music from his native Scotland. Born in Glasgow in 1904, his attitude to music was progressive, looking towards central European modernism (he was dubbed MacBartok).


Danny Driver is superb... and is partnered by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under one of the most exciting young British conductors I have heard for some time...this disc has to be counted one of the most important contributions to British recorded music for some considerable time. --International Record Review, IRR Outstanding

It would be difficult to over-praise this wonderfully enterprising disc … The challenge for both soloist and orchestra is immense and it would be hard to imagine playing of a more coruscating brilliance, delicacy and affection. The superb Danny Driver gives his all... --Gramophone

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good performances of unfamiliar piano concerti May 7, 2012
By G.C.
Erik Chisholm (1904-1965) was a Glasgow-born composer, pianist, conductor, concert promoter, and ultimately an academic at the University of Cape Town. His music is not well represented on CD, if the search as of this writing of 9 CDs of his music on Amazon is anything to go by. This CD is the first recording of both of his piano concerti on one disk, by default, because this is the first recording of his Piano Concerto No. 2. Both piano concerti have what one might call "folk" influences.

The Piano Concerto No. 1, titled "Piobaireachd" (or "pipe music"), originally dated from 1932 in its first version. Chisholm had revised the concerto by December 1937, and the revised concerto received its first performance in 1938 on a radio broadcast from Edinburgh. The first live performance was from Glasgow in January 1940. In his liner notes, John Purser specifically identifies particular piobaireachd selections as inspiration for melodic material of the first three movements, while the finale takes dance rhythms more than a particular song as the starting point. Perhaps it's little wonder then that a stereotypically "Scottish" feel to the musical atmosphere and harmonies is present in this concerto. IMHO, the concerto tends to be rather reflective in nature and avoids obvious piano pyrotechnics.

Chisholm finished his Piano Concerto No. 2, titled "Hindustani", in 1949, and the concerto received its premiere in November 1949 in Cape Town. Its UK premiere was in 1950 with the BBC Scottish Orchestra. As with the first concerto, with this second concerto, Chisholm took separate Indian ragas as melodic starting points for each of the respective movements.
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