EUGENE GOOSSENS (1893-1962): Phantasy Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 60, Symphony No. 1, Op. 58.
Catalogue Number: 03K004
Description: World premiere recording of a 20th century British piano concerto - part of a rare breed (even if the Brit was living in the U.S. at the time). Written in 1942 for José Iturbi, this 26-minute work is in a single-movement (as in the Cobbett Phantasy form) for a normal-sized orchestra with which the piano often plays as a partner in a concertante role with all the material derived from an opening four-note motif. Bearing no sign of the war raging around the world at the time, it ranges from cheeky high spirits to a slightly eerie slow movement suggested by Poe's "The Devil in the Belfry" (which Goossens happened to have just read). The 1938-40 symphony was offered in these pages in October 2005 in a three-disc ABC Classics set. Howard Shelley (piano), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox. SACD hybrid.