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Artist(s) Donohoe, Peter, Conductor • Northern SinfoniaDonohoe, Peter, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.557290
Label Naxos
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Warmly lyrical, with a touch of Stravinskian neoclassicism and a dash of Shostakovich, and ending with a bravura display in the finale, Christian Darnton’s Concertino for piano and strings makes a valuable addition to this imaginative collection of four British concertos, superbly performed by Peter Donohoe directing the Northern Sinfonia from the keyboard.

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Howard Ferguson wrote sparingly but with the most acute discrimination. This Concerto for Piano and Strings, written in 1951, is conceived in structure on neoclassical lines, with an opening orchestral tutti, but it follows the warmly attractive idiom that is typical of the composer, very British, with brilliant writing for the soloist, not least in the finale with its jazzy syncopations, slightly Waltonian, leading to a climax in waltz time. The central Theme and Variations comes nearer to the pastoral tradition, building up powerfully. Peter Donohoe…is the most persuasive interpreter. Well-balanced sound. An excellent, varied and imaginative coupling.

Review By ,Classica,April 2005



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