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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.69
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Though lesser-known today, composers Alfred Hill and George Boyle enjoyed distinguished careers, both in their native Australia and abroad. Hill was known as the 'grand old man' of Australian musical life in his time. His Piano Concerto in A minor and Piano Sonata in A major are effectively the same work, the one being an orchestral expansion of the other. In addition to his work as a composer, Boyle took on students in New York that included such luminaries as Copland and Barber. The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.69 features his Piano Concerto in D minor. All works are performed here by Piers Lane and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra led by Johannes Fritzsch.
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George Frederick Boyle - (1886-1948) is another Australian composer who should be better known for the quality of his varied works. He was another brilliant composer for the piano and orchestra. Beautiful and rich styles are in evidence here in this new recording. Two of the works found on this fine cd recording are world premiere performances on record. (***)
The Program - Romantic Piano Concerto - 69 - Pier Lane - Piano; Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Fritzsch - Conductor; Alfred Hill - (1869-1960) - Piano Concerto in A major - (1941) - i. The Question - Adagio - Allegro moderato; ii. Intermezzo - (Fancies) - Presto; iii. Nocturne - (Homage to Chopin): Adagio con molto; iv. Finale - (contrasts) - Allegro; George Frederick Boyle - (1886-1948) - Piano Concerto in D minor - (***) - i. Moderato; ii. Tranquillo, ma non troppo lento; iii. Allegro energico, ma non troppo vivace; Alfred Hill - (1869-1960) - Piano Sonata in A major - (before 1920) - i. The Question: Lento-Allegro; ii. Intermezzo - (Fancies) - Presto; iii. Nocturne - (Homage to Chopin) - Adagio; iv. Finale - (Contrasts) - Allegro.
It is always a great pleasure to hear any recordings from the large catalogue of recorded concertos and solo piano compositions as performed by Pier Lane. His specialty is performing and recording for Hyperion unique Romantic Piano Concertos. His piano tone is warm, balanced, expressive and there is always a great technique which is always a servant to the composer and the composition performed. His style is romantic and the balance is always excellent as found with any discs by this superb pianist. The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has been utilized in other piano concertos of this excellent romantic rival series and always performed with feeling, expression and depth of beautiful tone. This is certainly no exception here throughout the beautifully conceived recording.
As always found in Hyperion releases, excellent and extremely well written program notes in English, French and German add much to the enjoyment of this recording. Highly recommended for any pianist, musician, aficionado or music lover who collects this noteworthy series. It is always a pleasure treat in each issue of this series to hear wonderfully composed and unknown piano concertos.