I found the concerto to be distractingly disjointed. The piano line is forgettable and serves only as a vehicle to showcase the pianist's technical proficiency. Stylistically, the piano line doesn't mesh with the orchestration, and at points the orchestra seems to be playing an entirely different piece, as if the concerto was written in 30-second sections and then hastily cobbled together.
Based on the reviewer's enthusiasm, I gave the concerto a good chance, but in the end I found it to be a generic and aimless piece that I earmarked for future avoidance on my playlists.
For reference, here's a YouTube performance of the piece: [url=
Chris - sorry to read your disappointment with this concerto. But I would guess that every single review on this site is agreed with and dismissed in equal measure by readers.
Thankyou for the link - I listened to the first five minutes and personally thought the music neither to be the masterpiece that John enthused about fifteen years ago or the disaster you feel it to be. What did strike me is that with the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series now past 60 volumes (volume 1 must date from much the same time as this disc) that series is replete with similar music in a very similar style - for good or ill!
All any reviewer can do is share his sincere response to a work. With the advent of YouTube perhaps the cautious purchaser should "try before they buy" in such circumstances.
Thanks for your reply. To be clear: I fully appreciate the author's opinion. But with his enthusiasm for the piece (I like to read reviews during my first listen to identify notable sections), my disappointment was contrasting enough to prompt my comment.
Technically, there's nothing wrong with the piece. At the least, it's clear that the composer knows how to exercise the full range and technique of a piano. But taken as a whole, I could likely name fifty concertos from the same era that have more to say than this one does.
I rarely find a piece so disappointing, and to read the author's glowing review surprised me.
I'll make sure my next post is something positive about a different piece, to balance things out.
Gosh, A 15 year old review comes back to haunt me! I listened to bits of this again, and I must confess that I am not as enthusiastic as I was! However, I was 'into' romantic PCs at that time... And my review reflects this...Now other things have caught my eye... I disliked Schoenberg & Peter Maxwell Davies in those days, now I rate them... J
Hah! I didn't realize it was 15 years old when I read it. However, you hould feel grateful that yours is still the ONLY review of the piece I could find, so there is that! At the least, you provided plenty of context that I couldn't find elsewhere.
Tastes change. I look back on some of the oldest things I've written and cringe.