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The Complete Piano Concertos
Malcom Williamson
Piers Lane / Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Howard Shelley

The Complete Piano Concertos

CD | Hyperion | 0034571280110 | CDA 68011 | 03-14

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About the album


A real rarity from Hyperoin’s Anglo-Australian artistic collaboration: music by an Australian composer who was once at the heart of the English establishment.
 
Malcom Williamson was one of many Australian creative artists who relocated to Britain in the mid-twentieth century. Within a decade of settling in London he had established a reputation as one of the most gifted and prolific composers of his generation. His stature as a leading figure within the British music scene was publicly acknowledged in 1975 when he was appointed to the esteemed post of Master of the Queen’s music in succession to Sir Arthur Bliss. But today he is almost forgotten and his music virtually never performed.
 
This double-album set of the complete Piano Concertos is therefore an important document as well as a compendium of deeply appealing music. Williamson wrote with a generosity of emotion and melodic flair rare in the mid-twentieth century, in a forward-looking idiom.
 
The third concerto is perhaps the masterpiece, a huge and complex work. The fourth was written in 1993/4 and appears here as its world performance recording.
 
Piers Lane, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Howard Shelley are the ideal performers of these unjustly neglected works.

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With their virtuoso rhythmic fast movements and beautiful Largos or Andantes Malcolm Williamson’s Piano Concertos are quite enjoyable. The music is well served by the very active Piers Lane and the Tasmanian Symphony under Howard Shelley.
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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Piano Concerto No 1 in A major
      Pocco lento - Allegro - Poco Lento
       
      06:53
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 2
      Piano Concerto No 1 in A major
      Andantino
       
      06:06
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 3
      Piano Concerto No 1 in A major
      Poco presto
       
      05:10
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 4
      Concerto for two pianos and string Orchestra in a minor
      Allegro ma non troppo
       
      07:07
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 5
      Concerto for two pianos and string Orchestra in a minor
      Lento
       
      07:09
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 6
      Concerto for two pianos and string Orchestra in a minor
      Allegro vivo
       
      04:15
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 7
      Piano Concerto No 2 in F sharp minor
      Allegro con brio
       
      04:23
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 8
      Piano Concerto No 2 in F sharp minor
      Andante lento
       
      07:09
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 9
      Piano Concerto No 2 in F sharp minor
      Allegro con spirito
       
      04:15
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 1
      Piano Concerto No 3 in E flat major
      Toccata: Allegro
       
      07:02
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 2
      Piano Concerto No 3 in E flat major
      Allegro (Allegretto)
       
      05:40
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 3
      Piano Concerto No 3 in E flat major
      Molto largo e cantando
       
      12:32
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 4
      Piano Concerto No 3 in E flat major
      Ben allegro
       
      04:51
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 5
      Sinfonia concertante in F sharp major
      Crotchet = 76
       
      05:29
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 6
      Sinfonia concertante in F sharp major
      Andante lento
       
      05:33
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 7
      Sinfonia concertante in F sharp major
      Prest
       
      06:45
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 8
      Piano Concerto No 4 in D major
      Allegro
       
      05:39
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 9
      Piano Concerto No 4 in D major
      Andante the piaoevole
       
      05:44
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
    • 10
      Piano Concerto No 4 in D major
      Allegro vivo con fuoco
       
      03:29
      Composer: Malcom Williamson
CDA 68011 - The Complete Piano Concertos - Piers Lane / Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Howard Shelley - Pizzicato
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