RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT (b.1936): Piano Concerto (Steven Kovacevich [piano], London Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Gibson. rec. 1971), 5 Studies for Piano (Richard Rodney Bennett [piano]), Capriccio for Piano Duet (Bennett, Thea Musgrave, rec. 1971), Commedia IV for 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone and Tuba (Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, rec. 1974).
Catalogue Number: 01J058
Description: Emblematic of 1960s British modernism, Bennett's 1968 concerto was recently delightfully described by Rob Barnett as "Nights in the Garden of Darmstadt". It's easy to listen to and to enjoy, with its delicate orchestral fabrics and the brilliant piano writing, from the filigree of the first movement to the aggressive toccata-like material of the scherzo, and you need never know it's dodecaphonic. The other larger-scale work is the 1973 Commedia IV, also twelve-tone and considered one of the best works ever written for brass quintet, full of solo opportunities in its mosaic-like juxtaposition of solo and ensemble passages. Original 1972 and 1975 LP releases.