The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.70
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March 8th is International Women's Day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In honor of this, Volume 70 in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series champions female composers Dorothy Howell, Cécile Chaminade and Amy Beach. These three works, performed by Danny Driver, have an in-the-face-of-it-all joie de vivre makes them irresistibly worthy of our attention.
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The Program -= The Romantic Piano Concerto - Vol 70 - Hyperion - TT: 69:32 - Danny Driver - Piano - BBC Scottish Orchestra, Rebecca Miler, conductor - Dorothy Howell - (1898-1982) - Piano Concerto in D minor - (1923); Amy Beach - (1867-1944) - Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 - (1897-1899) - i. Allegro moderato; ii. Scherzo - (Perpetium mobile) - Vivace; iii. Largo; iv. Allegro con scioltezza; Cecile Chaminade - (1857-1944) - Concertstuck in C-sharp minor, Op. 40 - (1888).
The performances throughout are stylish, clean, with piano tone which is warm, expressive, and with a total understanding for the musical phrase. The BBC Scottish Orchestra under the artistic direction of Rebecca Miller is empathetic and sensitive throughout this recording. Both pianist and orchestra work together to create truly an artistic whole. This is another excellent edition to be added in this very fine piano concerto series.
Excellent program notes in English/French and German as written by Nigel Simeone - (2017) add to the overall enjoyment and educational aspects of this new recording.
operated at a time when men reigned in the music world and women
were tolerated. Amy Beach is so much better than so many of the
men composers of her time. It is a shame that she had to struggle so.