Women’s Day Archive

BEACH: Piano Concerto in C# minor; HOWELL: Piano Concerto in D minor; CHAMINADE: Concertstück in C# minor – Danny Driver (p) / BBC Scottish Symph. Orch. / Rebecca Miller – Hyperion

BEACH: Piano Concerto in C# minor; HOWELL: Piano Concerto in D minor; CHAMINADE: Concertstück in C# minor – Danny Driver (p) / BBC Scottish Symph. Orch. / Rebecca Miller – Hyperion

Three inspiring works for piano and orchestra by three women composers. THE ROMANTIC PIANO CONCERTO Vol 70 : Music by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell and Cécile Chaminade – Danny Driver, piano / BBC Scottish SO / Rebecca Miller –  Hyperion CDA68130, reviewed as hires 24-96 flac download;  TT 69:31 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] *****: Hyperion’s series The Romantic Piano Concerto reaches Volume 70 with this release of three very fine works for piano and orchestra, the orchestra being the one involved in the original discussion for this series rather more than a quarter of a century ago in 1990.  Released to coincide with International Women’s Day during March 2017, this is valuable and most welcome addition to the collection. The disc opens with the Piano Concerto in D minor by Dorothy Howell (1898-1982). Howell was a piano pupil of Tobias Matthay, teacher to so many with so much talent, and a composition pupil of Sir John McEwen whose Solway Symphony had a rare and welcome outing on the BBC recently.  Her tone poem, Lamia, was very well received just after World War 1 and had many performances, and the recording on Cameo Classics is worth seeking out.  Four years later, […]