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IRELAND, J.: Piano Concerto / Legend / Rhapsody / A Sea Idyll (Lenehan, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Wilson)

Composer(s):Ireland, John
Artist(s) Wilson, John, Conductor • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraLenehan, John, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosInstrumental
Catalogue 8.572598
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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John Ireland’s radiant Piano Concerto was written for his protégée Helen Perkin, and is infused with her sense of vitality. The result is a brilliant work of high spirits and expressive longing. Perkin also premièred Legend, a dark, brooding evocation of the ancient landscape of Harrow Hill on the Sussex Downs. Of the solo piano works, the First Rhapsody is earlier, virtuosic, and in the Lisztian tradition, whereas Indian Summer is a rural postcard of beguiling simplicity. John Lenehan has recorded three volumes of Ireland’s solo piano music (8.553700, 8.553889 and ) to universal admiration: ‘Lenehan offers a uniquely vital and dramatic reading of the sonata.’ (MusicWeb International on Vol. 3)



Review By Riccardo Risaliti,Musica,April 2012


Review By Alan Becker,American Record Guide,March 2012

this is obviously an addition to the excellent series Lenehan has been giving us of Ireland’s piano music. Two of the solo piano items (‘Pastoral’ and ‘Indian Summer’) are recorded here…Ireland collectors who value his infinitely lovely Impressionist images will definitely want to acquire them, as will everyone already collecting the series.

…another winner from the Naxos stable. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Review By Record Geijutsu,January 2012

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Review By David Hurwitz,,December 2011

John Ireland[’s] Piano Concerto is a masterpiece…it offers a combination of romantic glamor, saucy wit, and lyrical expressiveness that’s quite personal and memorable. John Lenehan plays it as well as anybody has to date, with a very winning combination of fluidity in passagework and an easy rhythmic precision in the finale that sounds just right.

Legend, a tone poem for piano and orchestra, lives up to its name. The pieces on offer here really show Ireland’s range, from the passionate First Rhapsody to the poetic Sea Idyll and colorful Three Dances. Excellent sonics too. © 2011 Read complete review

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