℗ 2013 Chandos
 

Britten: Piano Concerto (Revised Version - Bonus Track: Original Slow Movement) - Violin Concerto (Revised Version)

Tasmin Little, Howard Shelley, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner

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"Adding to the disc’s quality is the sound: exceptionally clean and natural. This is one of the most distinguished releases yet in Britten’s centenary year."
- Fanfare

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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 13 (1938, revised 1945)  
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I. Toccata. Allegro molto e con brio – Vivace – Sempre molto animato – Molto animato – Cadenza – Molto più lento e tranquillo – Molto vivace
Benjamin Britten; Howard Shelley; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner
11:42
2
II. Waltz. Allegretto – Poco a poco più mosso – Vivace ma tranquillo – Tempo I, con slancio
Benjamin Britten; Howard Shelley; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner
5:03
3
III. Impromptu. Andante lento – Con moto – Largamente – Poco a poco più mosso – Tempo I –
Benjamin Britten; Howard Shelley; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner
8:15
4
IV. March. Allegro moderato, sempre alla marcia – Molto ritmico – Molto animato – Quasi cadenza, ma in tempo – Largamente – Grandioso – Molto più presto
Benjamin Britten; Howard Shelley; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner
8:01
Original Third Movement from Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 13  
5
III. Recitative and Aria. Lento – Andante – Tempo I – Andante – Tempo I – Allegro molto – Presto – Tempo di valse – Lento maestoso – Agitato – Lento molto – Largamente – Tranquillo (a tempo) – Più lento
Benjamin Britten; Howard Shelley; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner
9:33
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1938 – 39, revised 1950, 1954, and 1965)  
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I. Moderato con moto – Animando – Agitato – Poco a poco rilasciando – Tempo I – A tempo tranquillo –
Benjamin Britten; Tasmin Little; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner
9:36
7
II. Vivace – L’istesso tempo – Poco più lento – Tempo I – Animando – Largamente (l’istesso tempo) – Cadenza –
Benjamin Britten; Tasmin Little; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner
9:10
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III. Passacaglia. Andante lento (un poco meno mosso) – Con moto – Pesante – Tranquillo – Con moto – Poco animando – Con moto – Alla marcia – Molto animato – Tempo I – Largamente (lento) – Lento e solenne – Più lento
Benjamin Britten; Tasmin Little; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner
14:33
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    75:53
"Editor's Choice ... Gardner's BBC Phil leads the rough-and-tumble with its sharp-edged wind and brusque brass ... the exuberant Howard Shelley matches them every inch of the way."
- Gramophone

"Five Stars ... Howard Shelley and Edward Gardner create something more mercurial, Gardner conjuring that lithe, high-tension drama he has so successfully achieved with Britten’s stage works ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... a desirable release of two marvellous Britten concertos that deserve to be far better known. The playing from soloists Shelley and Little is exemplary. They are accompanied by the outstanding BBC Philharmonic under Edward Gardner’s sensitively controlled baton."
- MusicWeb International

Released in 2013 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth, this album presents two of the composer's great concertos in their revised versions, performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner. Tasmin Little and Howard Shelley are the soloists in the Violin Concerto and Piano Concerto respectively.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Chandos 24-bit / 96 kHz recording
Recording venue: MediaCity UK, Salford on 10, 11 and 13 September 2012
Executive producer: Ralph Couzens
Recording producers: Brian Pidgeon and Mike George
Sound engineer: Stephen Rinker
Assistant engineer: Denise Else
Editor: Jonathan Cooper
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Front cover: Boy running on beach, photograph © Kirstin Mckee / Getty Images
Back cover: photograph of Edward Gardner by Benjamin Ealovega
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative
Booklet editor: Amanda Dorr
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

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