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GARDNER: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Symphony No. 1 / Midsummer Ale Overture


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GARDNER: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Symphony No. 1 / Midsummer Ale Overture

The English composer John Gardner has been largely neglected, in spite of his prolific output. His career began with great promise before the war, to be resumed gradually afterwards, but seldom with the success he seemed to deserve. This recording should help to re-establish his reputation with two relatively early works written in the post-war years, the Symphony No. 1, “a superbly crafted work... by a subtle and imaginative orchestrator” (Paul Conway/Musicweb-International) and the Piano Concerto No. 1, both premièred by Barbirolli. The Piano Concerto here receives only its third performance. Midsummer Ale is a classic piece of British light music with delightfully catchy melodies.

Gardner, John

  Midsummer Ale Overture, Op. 73
1.   Midsummer Ale Overture, Op. 73 00:05:28
  Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 34
2.   I. Allegro con brio 00:09:04
3.   II. Theme and variations 00:09:52
4.   III. Finale: Rondo 00:06:43
  Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 2
5.   I. Lento e grave 00:11:57
6.   II. Scherzo: Allegro 00:06:22
7.   III. Lento 00:11:56
8.   IV. Finale: Allegro molto 00:10:32

Total Playing Time: 01:11:54

Gardner, John

Lloyd-Jones, David

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Donohoe, Peter

Label: Naxos

Series: British Piano Concertos

Genre: Concertos; Orchestral

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.570406

Barcode: 747313040674

Physical Release: 09/2007

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