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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Piano Concerto in E flat major: I. In tempo moderatoJohn Lenehan 9:07Album Only
listen  2. Piano Concerto in E flat major: II. Lento espressivoJohn Lenehan 7:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Concerto in E flat major: III. Allegretto giocosoJohn Lenehan 8:04Album Only
listen  4. LegendJohn Lenehan13:05Album Only
listen  5. First Rhapsody in F sharp minorJohn Lenehan12:02Album Only
listen  6. PastoralJohn Lenehan 4:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Indian SummerJohn Lenehan 2:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Sea Idyll: I. Poco andanteJohn Lenehan 4:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. A Sea Idyll: II. Allegro appassionatoJohn Lenehan 4:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. A Sea Idyll: III. MestoJohn Lenehan 3:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. 3 Dances: No. 1. Gypsy DanceJohn Lenehan 1:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. 3 Dances: No. 2. Country DanceJohn Lenehan 3:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. 3 Dances: No. 3. Reapers' DanceJohn Lenehan 1:52$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Wilson
  • Composer: John Ireland
  • Audio CD (October 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B005KNODZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Ireland' radiant Piano Concerto was written for his protegee Helen Perkin, and is infused with her sense of vitality. The result is a brilliant work of high spirits and expressive longing. Perkin also premiered Legend, a dark, brooding evocation of t

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By klavierspiel VINE VOICE on January 6, 2012
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The British composer John Ireland (1879-1962) is not a name well-known to many American classical music fans. Although he outlived many of the seminal names of the modern era, there is no trace at all in his work of the avant-garde currents that rocked classical music in the early twentieth century. His music is firmly tonal, melodious and generally Romantic in its sensibility, with a strong lyrical bent--less fervidly sensual than Delius; softer-grained and less vivid in personality than either Britten or Vaughan Williams. Nevertheless his compositions are very appealing, especially as well-played as they are here.

The cornerstone of this CD, last of a four-volume survey of Ireland's complete output for keyboard by the British pianist John Lenehan, is the Piano Concerto in E-flat from 1930, a large-scale work that balances brilliant virtuosity with lyrical melody in a satisfying manner. The one-movement Legend for piano and orchestra is more dour in cast. This is followed by three stand-alone solo works; the First Rhapsody (1906), while a bit faceless melodically, shows an assured grasp of virtuoso keyboard writing, while the "Pastoral" and especially "Indian Summer" exhibit Ireland's lyrical gifts to fuller advantage. The collection is rounded out with two contrasting sets, the lush textures of the three-movement Sea Idyll forming a foil to the naive but charming Three Dances, which the accompanying notes suggest may have been written as student compositions.

John Lenehan performs all of the repertoire with a surfeit of digital dexterity and ample musicianship, bringing out the diverse facets of this music with ease. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic provides colorful support.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 13, 2013
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Ireland's piano concerto, well recorded here in 2011, is regarded as a fine British concerto from that period and Ireland's finest large scale work. The rest of the disc represents an overall picture of his work centred around the piano.

Both the concerto (1930) and the darker hued 'Legend'(1933) were originally written with the pianist Helen Perkin in mind who was widely respected as a gifted pianist at that time. The concerto itself is essentially a sunny work of an optimistic frame of mind. The Legend has a darker subject and was created as an evocation of an ancient civilisation with associations with lepers in the Sussex area of England near his home. These two works make an interesting and contrasting pair and are both well played by the soloist and the orchestra.

The remaining pieces are all for solo piano and range from the Listzian style of the First Rhapsody (1906)through to the quieter and more idyllic Indian Summer of 1932. The remaining pieces, Pastoral (1896), A Sea Idyll (1900) and Three Dances (1913) are all of a similarly gentle nature and make pleasant if undemanding listening. All of these are played with total sympathy by John Lenehan who has made three other successful albums of Ireland's solo piano music.

I would suggest that this disc is of sufficiently rewarding quality as to make it a serious proposition for anyone interested in purchasing the selection of music presented on it.
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