PETER DONOHOE CONTINUES THE BRITISH PIANO CONCERTO SERIES
In May Naxos completed on a recording of the William Alwyn Piano Concertos, No. 1 & No. 2, Piano Sonata 'Alla Toccata'and the overture 'Derby Day', with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, played by Peter Donohoe under the baton of James Judd.
Recorded at the Lighthouse in Poole near to the orchestra's home town, this constitutes the next volume in Naxos' acclaimed British Piano Concerto series, recorded in conjunction with the British Piano Foundation. William Alwyn is best known for his film scores, the most significant of which are those for Odd Man Out and The Fallen Idol.
The Piano Concerto No. 1 dates from 1930 and was written for Clifford Curzon who was a fellow student and friend of Alwyn at The Royal Academy of Music. The Piano Concerto No. 2 was a BBC commission for the 1960 Henry Wood Promenade Concerts. It was written for the Dutch pianist Cor de Groot to show his complete mastery of the keyboard.