William Sterndale Bennett - Piano Concerto No.2 in E flat • Piano Concerto No.5 in F minor • Adagio

Malcolm Binns, piano
Philharmonia Orchestra
Nicholas Braithwaite, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 1990 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.205
UPC/EAN: 5020926020529
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: DDD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 66.42
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

Tracks 1 - 3, 5 - 7: Recorded at Abbey Road No. 1, 12 December 1986, Producer: Andrew Cornall, Engineer: John Dunkerley
Track 4: Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, 11 December 1986, Producer: Andrew Cornall, Engineer: John Dunkerley

"Sterndale Bennett wrote six piano concertos during his late teens and early twenties. Each work was written for the composer himself to play, and he must have been a formidable technician, since the piano part often sounds very difficult indeed. Each work has its own distinct character, and though the musical material doesn’t ever reach the highest level, it is always developed with imagination and ingenuity so that interest never slackens…Binns responds whole-heartedly and very sympathetically, and with his usual brilliant technique." AS, Gramophone

"A double delight. These two Sterndale Bennett concertos (of five he wrote for piano) are gems awaiting discovery. Secondly, Malcolm Binns plays with great panache and dedication ..." Colin Clarke, www.musicweb-international.com Click here to read the full review;

Piano Concerto no.2 in E flat, Opus 4 William Sterndale Bennett 36.16
1 1. Allegro moderato 12.47
2 2. Adagio espressivo 11.53
3 3. Vivace Giocoso 11.36
4 Adagio William Sterndale Bennett 7.05
Piano Concerto no.5 in F William Sterndale Bennett 33.21
5 1. Allegro moderato 14.40
6 2. Romanza 9.24
7 3. Presto Agitato 9.17

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