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John Gardner: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Symphony No. 1 - Midsummer Ale Overture

Peter Donohoe, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones

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Midsummer Ale Overture, Op. 73
John Gardner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones
5:28
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 34  
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I. Allegro con brio
John Gardner; Peter Donohoe; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones
9:04
3
II. Theme and variations
John Gardner; Peter Donohoe; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones
9:52
4
III. Finale. Rondo
John Gardner; Peter Donohoe; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones
6:43
Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 2  
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I. Lento e grave
John Gardner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones
11:57
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II. Scherzo. Allegro
John Gardner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones
6:22
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III. Lento
John Gardner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones
11:56
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IV. Finale. Allegro molto
John Gardner; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones
10:32
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:54
"... performed superbly by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, I can honestly say I am deeply impressed ... has a sparkle and warmth which could come from no one else."
- MusicWeb International

"... his symphony and especially his piano concerto are consistently engaging and satisfying. There are no dull or weak spots ... I’m grateful for this chance to discover them ... sonics are clear and strong ... sure to please listeners looking to broaden their view of modern but mainstream symphonic music."
- American Record Guide

Released in 2007 to mark the 90th birthday of prolific yet neglected English composer John Gardner, this recording by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra led by David Lloyd-Jones showcases the piano work of Peter Donohoe on the Piano Concerto No.1, receiving only its third performance here. Both that concerto and the Symphony No. 1 are two relatively early works written in the post-war years while the Midsummer Ale is a classic piece of British light music with delightfully catchy melodies.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

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