Vaughan Williams - Piano Concerto in C
John Foulds - Dynamic Triptych for Piano and Orchestra

Howard Shelley, piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Vernon Handley, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 1992 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.211
UPC/EAN: 5020926021120
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: DDD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 57.05
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

Recorded at Walthamstow, 11 June 1982, Producer: Andrew Cornall, Engineers: John Dunkerley, Mike Mailes


"Edward Greenfield greeted this disc with much enthusiasm when it appeared on LP in 1984, and I echo, if not amplify his enthusiasm on its transfer to CD. To my mind there are four unequivocal masterpieces for piano and orchestra in English twentieth-century music: Bax’s Winter Legends … Frank Bridge’s Phantasm and the two works presented here. It is easy to see why the [Vaughan Williams] was so admired by Bartok when it received its German premiere … for this is surely one of the most cogent and tautly constructed examples of its genre. Howard Shelley’s performance is scintillating and faultless. John Fould’s Dynamic Triptych is scarcely less impressive. The slow movement is particularly striking both harmonically and texturally - crepuscular string passages and quarter-tone writing … and a powerful central section that looks forward in mood and atmosphere to Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety. In sum, a work that definitely deserves more frequent hearings. As in the concerto Shelley plays like a demon and an angel with Vernon Handley and the RPO providing superb support. Excellent CD transfers. An altogether outstanding reissue" Michael Stewart, Gramophone

"Lyrita’s imagination seems matched only by their dedication to British music. This coupling is positively inspired ... If you are buying this for the Vaughan Williams, you will not be disappointed. And you may just find your mouth agape at the marvels of the Foulds ..." Colin Clarke, www.musicweb-international.com Click here to read the full review

"... So if you're looking for this repertoire and a very satisfying coupling of two rare but extremely worthy works, this disc is easily recommendable ..." David Hurwitz, www.ClassicsToday.com Click here to read the full review


Piano Concerto in C Ralph Vaughan Williams 27.45
1 1. Toccata 6.48
2 2. Romanza 9.26
3 3. Fuga Chromatica 11.31
Dynamic Triptych for piano and Orchestra, Opus 88 John Foulds 29.16
4 1. Dynamic Mode 9.44
5 2. Dynamic Timbre 12.43
6 3. Dynamic Rhythm 6.49