These two concertos are exhilaratingly performed by Benjamin Frith with the Northern Sinfonia, with Frith’s sparklingly clear articulation in rapid scales and figuration magnetizing the attention in music that can easily seem just trivial. The tile of the Fifth Concerto, L’Incendie par l’orage (‘Fire from Lightning’), reflects a dramatic storm passage in the long and ambitious first movement, while the lovely slow movement of the Sixth Concerto is a nocturne in all but name, with the outer movements full of bright ideas.
"The orchestral passages appropriately contrast the piano's role with drama and tension. The work brims with felicitous melodies and dramatic flourishes that engage the mind and heart... Benjamin Frith plays with the freshness of discovery and wit that serve the composer perfectly. The Northern Sinfonia accompanies enthusiastically and the sound is clear and close..."
"Benjamin Frith can draw out the lyrical music to dangerous lengths... The Northern Sinfonia, with limited opportunities, is crisp and confident in support - a word, too for the beautifully tuned clarinet solos in the slow movement of No.5."