2 First live performances on Radio 3 last Friday

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2 First live performances on Radio 3 last Friday

Very interesting concert broadcast live on Radio 3 last Friday night. First public performance (he had already recorded it) of Vaughan Williams's Fantasia for piano and orchestra played by Mark Bebbington. Pleasant work actually more "pianistic" than VW's later piano concerto. I would not have guessed the composer and was reminded more than anything else of Saint Saens's concertos. Amazing this was its first public outing.

Together with Delius's shortish concerto and they would make part of a good Proms concert (better than yet another outing for Messiaen's overlong Turangalila which seems so liked by the Proms planners). 

Also first public performance of Martin Yates's (who conducted) completion of sketches for EJ Moeran's second symphony (also recently recorded). Must listen again before coming to a verdict!

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33lp wrote:

Very interesting concert broadcast live on Radio 3 last Friday night. First public performance (he had already recorded it) of Vaughan Williams's Fantasia for piano and orchestra played by Mark Bebbington. Pleasant work actually more "pianistic" than VW's later piano concerto. I would not have guessed the composer and was reminded more than anything else of Saint Saens's concertos. Amazing this was its first public outing.

Together with Delius's shortish concerto and they would make part of a good Proms concert (better than yet another outing for Messiaen's overlong Turangalila which seems so liked by the Proms planners). 

Also first public performance of Martin Yates's (who conducted) completion of sketches for EJ Moeran's second symphony (also recently recorded). Must listen again before coming to a verdict!

 

33,

Oh, crumbs! I just ran across your posting. I really wish that I could have listened to the VW piece! :-( Sigh...

Best wishes,

Petra

p.s. Have you heard the recording of it? If so, when was it recorded? I have some Moeran and have been wanting to acquire more too! Thanks for reminding me! :-)

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Hi Petra, haven't heard the recordings but I guess they are a few months old. Mark Bebbington who played on the radio is the same pianist on the CD so it should be good; I like what I've heard of him in Ireland and Bax. I was going to get it as a lossless download from the Chandos Shop but apparently Somm have changed their licence agreements and their new issues don't seem to be available as downloads.

I listened again to the Moeran on the I player: worth a hearing but not up to the standards of "The Moeran Symphony" which I guess must now be known as No1. I think the new recording is on Dutton but it was interesting to hear Martin Yates discussing his completion and how much is Moeran & how much Yates. Rather like Anthony Payne's completion of Elgar 3. Do you know Moeran's cello concerto written for his wife; it's rather good (although the marriage was not a success)! She plays it on Lyrita's recording but Rafael Wallfisch is a stronger player on Chandos.

Best wishes.

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33lp wrote:

Hi Petra, haven't heard the recordings but I guess they are a few months old. Mark Bebbington who played on the radio is the same pianist on the CD so it should be good; I like what I've heard of him in Ireland and Bax. I was going to get it as a lossless download from the Chandos Shop but apparently Somm have changed their licence agreements and their new issues don't seem to be available as downloads.

I listened again to the Moeran on the I player: worth a hearing but not up to the standards of "The Moeran Symphony" which I guess must now be known as No1. I think the new recording is on Dutton but it was interesting to hear Martin Yates discussing his completion and how much is Moeran & how much Yates. Rather like Anthony Payne's completion of Elgar 3. Do you know Moeran's cello concerto written for his wife; it's rather good (although the marriage was not a success)! She plays it on Lyrita's recording but Rafael Wallfisch is a stronger player on Chandos.

Best wishes.

Hi 33, the only CD that I have so far of Moeran's is a Chandos one with the "Symphony in G minor", "Overture for a Masque", and his "Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra". Thanks for reminding me about "the completion"...I'll probably give this one a pass then for the time being (I have "a few", er, cough, CDs higher up on the "wants list" ;-) ).

I'd like to get his cello concerto though at some point. Think that I also recall something about a violin concerto by him as being very good too?

Best wishes,

Petra

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Hi Petra, yesI like Moeran's violin concerto but its layout is the opposite of the usual concerto style in that the middle movement is fast and lively with Irish jigs and dances, with a lyrical first movement and elegiac last movement. Both performances by Mordkovich (Chandos) & Georgiadis (Lyrita) are superb both with the ever dependable Vernon Handley at the helm. Lyrita's sound is prefererable to me with Decca's production team (Walker & Wilkinson) showing the Kingsway Hall's acoustics yet again at its very best.

For the 'cello concerto I have to say I prefer Wallfisch as its dedicatee  Peers Coetmore (Moeran's wife) can sound a bit underpowered in comparison.

Both works deserve to be better known.  

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