Cyril Scott - Piano Concerto Nos. 1 & 2 • Early One Morning

John Ogdon, piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Herrmann, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 2007 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.251
UPC/EAN: 5020926025128
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 79.44
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

Tracks 1 - 3, 5 - 7: Recorded at Walthamstow, 2 April 1974, Producer: James Walker, Engineer: Stanley Goodall
Track 4: No recording information available

"This is a generously timed disc presenting Scott’s subtly beguiling piano concertos. The first is the more instantly captivating of the two but the second has much to commend it. Superbly done ..." Rob Barnett, Click here to read the full review

"The first appearance on CD of these readings is a timely reminder of the tremendous technique – and willingness to explore unfamiliar repertoire – of John Ogdon who, had he lived, would have been seventy this year. The disc also reminds us that Bernard Herrmann, best known for his great film scores, was no mean conductor. He obtains uniformly excellent playing from the LPO ..." John Quinn, Click here to read the full review

"This then was a remarkable and pioneering recording and it is wonderful to have it available again, this time on CD. For those who wish to have both concertos on one disc it is clearly a winner ..." Em Marshall, Click here to read the full review

"I'm sure that I am not the only person who came to know Cyril Scott's music through these performances, and they certainly give enough of a taste of his music's luscious, overripe qualities to arouse the curious listener ..." David Hurwitz, Click here to read the full review

"John Ogdon rarely, if ever, tackled unfamiliar music without first being convinced of its worth, and his advocacy makes the Second Concerto, in particular, seem more successful than it probably is ... Trenchantly conducted by Bernard Herrmann in what must have been some of his last studio sessions, the London Philharmonic give Ogdon sterling support, and the recordings have retained their richness and dynamic range in the transfer ..." Richard Whitehouse, Click here to read the full review

"Though they're 30 years old now, John Ogden's recordings of Cyril Scott's piano concertos and 'Early One Morning' stand up very well both in sound and interpretation ... Definitely recommended ..." Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine, September 2007

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C (1913-14) Cyril Scott 39.38
1 1st Movement: Allegro maestoso 17.21
2 2nd Movement: Adagio 10.33
3 3rd Movement: Allegro poco moderato 11.44
4 Early One Morning, Poem for Piano & Orchestra (1931, rev.1962) Cyril Scott 14.49
Piano Concerto No. 2 (c1958) Cyril Scott 30.14
5 1st Movement: Con Moto 12.27
6 2nd Movement: Tranquillo 5.55
7 3rd Movement: Energico 11.52