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Steven Osborne, Ilan Volkov - Britten - Piano Concerto, Diversions, Young Apollo (2008)

29-07-2016, 13:20
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Britten - Piano Concerto, Diversions, Young Apollo
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Hyperion
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Total Time: 71:16
Total Size: 287 Mb


Piano Concerto in D major Op.13 (1938, revised 1945)
1. I. Toccata. Allegro molto e con brio
2. II. Waltz. Allegretto
3. III. Impromptu. Andante lento
4. IV. March. Allegro moderato-Sempre alla marcia
Original Version of the third movement of the Piano Concerto (1938)
5. Recitative and Aria. Lento
6. Young Apollo, for Piano, String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op.16 (1939)
Diversions, for Piano (Left Hand) and Orchestra, Op.21 (1940)
7. Theme. Maestoso
8. Variation I: Recitative. L'istesso tempo (Maestoso)
9. Variation II: Romance. Allegretto mosso
10. Variation III: March. Allegro con brio
11. Variation IV: Arabesque. Allegretto
12. Variation V: Chant. Andante solennemente
13. Variation VI: Nocturne. Andante piacevole
14. Variation VII: Badinerie. Grave - Vivacissimo
15. Variation VIII: Burlesque. Molto moderato
16. Variation IXa: Toccata I. Allegro
17. Variation IXb: Toccata II - Cadenza. L'istesso tempo
18. Variation X: Adagio
19. Finale: Tarantella. Presto con fuoco

Steven Osborne, piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Ilan Volkov

While it could never hope to supplant the definitive stereo Decca recording of Britten's early piano concerto with the dedicatee at the keyboard and the composer on the podium, this digital Hyperion recording does provide a valuable supplement to the earlier recording. There, of course, the magisterial Sviatoslav Richter was the soloist and the masterful Britten was the conductor in a performance full of high spirits and coruscating virtuosity that at last established the work as a modernist masterpiece. Here, on the other hand, the soloist is the very talented Steven Osborne who seems to have the feel of the music deep in his bones. Though his playing is not at Richter's Olympian level, it is a vivacious and scintillating account that stresses the concerto's youthful energy and insouciant irony. Beyond the performance's intrinsic virtues, the addition of the concerto's original slow movement, an expressive Recitative and Aria, plus the equally early Young Apollo for piano, string quartet and string orchestra and Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra make this disc an appealing complement to the Decca disc. Sonically, both recordings are excellent in distinctly different ways. Hyperion's digital sound is clean, cool, and detailed, while Decca's stereo sound rich, warm, and deep. Any sufficiently dedicated Britten enthusiast should certainly hear both discs.

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