Lennox Berkeley - Piano Concerto in B flat • Concerto for Two Pianos

David Wilde, piano
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Nicholas Braithwaite, conductor
Garth Beckett & Boyd McDonald, pianos
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Norman Del Mar, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 2007 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.250
UPC/EAN: 5020926025029
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 58.33
Price: 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

Tracks 1 - 3: Recorded at Walthamstow, 31 August 1975
Tracks 4, 5: Recorded at Walthamstow, 13 March 1974, Producer: Michael Woolcock, Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson

Sir Lennox Berkeley needs little introduction as one of the leading British composers of the generation of Walton and Tippett. His output for the piano in solos, duos, concertos and chamber music is unrivalled in the British twentieth century scene.

"The Berkeley concertos sound especially vital in these thoroughly engaging and brilliantly engineered performances. If I fail sometimes in my Lyrita reviews to comment on the standard of the CD remastering let me just add here that it lacks for nothing and that the original tapes sound as well as one could possibly wish, given that they were superb in the first place ..." Jonathan Woolf, www.musicweb-international.com Click here to read the full review

"Berkeley's two piano concertos finely performed and recorded - the first a serious work, the second in the nature of a mercurial diversion ..." Rob Barnett, www.musicweb-international.com Click here to read the full review

" The recording ... is superb. The performance seems to me to bring out the best of the music ... So, although these pieces may not be for those of you unfamiliar as yet with Lennox Berkeley, for those of you looking to add these pieces to your library then do search this disc out ..." Gary Higginson, www.musicweb-international.com Click here to read the full review

Piano Concerto in B flat Op.29 (1947) Lennox Berkeley (1903 - 1989) 23.13
1 I Allegro moderato 11.44
2 II Andante 7.53
3 III Vivace 6.36
Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra Op.30 (1948) Lennox Berkeley (1903 - 1989) 32.17
4 I Molto moderato - Allegro 8.01
5 II Theme & Variations 24.16