MONTAGUE PHILLIPS (1885-1969): Piano Concertos No. 1 in F Sharp Minor and No. 2 in E, Op. 32, VICTOR HELY-HUTCHINSON (1901-1947): The Young Idea - Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 07K003
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7206
Description: The previous two Phillips releases on this label have been of his light music but there is nothing "light" about either of these concertos, as the baleful, Tchaikovskian brass statements which open No. 1 make quite clear. Tchaikovsky is the prevalent influence in both concertos but especially in the very early (1907) First, whose huge, 16-minute first movement is longer than the other two put together. The amount of time the pianist plays unaccompanied is striking (as is the surprisingly early three-minute cadenza in that first movement) and this work runs the Romantic emotional gamut with plenty of opportunity for virtuoso solo work. The Second (1919) is a slightly more formally balanced version of the first in style and content; neither will disappoint collectors of Romantic Piano Concertos, no matter what label they're on. Hely-Hutchinson, of Carol Symphony fame, wrote his little, eight-minute jazz-inspired piece in 1927. David Owen Norris (piano), BBC Concert Orchestra; Gavin Sutherland.