The Romantic Piano Concerto - 69

ALFRED HILL (1869-1960): Piano Concerto in A, Piano Sonata in A, GEORGE FREDERICK BOYLE (1886-1948): Piano Concerto in D Minor.

Catalogue Number: 11S001

Label: Hyperion

Reference: CDA 68135

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: This series goes Down Under for their newest issue with composers born in Australia. Hill stayed there and wrote over 2000 compositions while Boyle spent the last 38 years of his life in the U.S. teaching at Peabody, Curtis and Juilliard. As you know, all but one of Hill’s symphonies were orchestrations of string quartets so it will come as no surprise that his piano concerto began life as a piano sonata. Dates are hard to come by with Hill - the earliest performance of the sonata was 1920 and the concerto 1941; beyond that we know nothing. It’s in his familiar idiom though; late German Romanticism plus a slow movement Homage to Chopin. The sonata is included to show how extensively Hill reworked it to become a concerto. Boyle’s concerto premiered at the 1911 Worcester Festival in Massachusetts and had four performances the following year by the New York Philharmonic. Late Romantic also, it offers the soloist a bit more display possibilities than the Hill even though it’s generally moderate in tempo (the first movement is Moderato and the second Tranquillo) and lyrical in spirit. Piers Lane (piano), Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Johannes Fritzsch.

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