Twentieth Century Piano Concertos: Bliss, Stravinsky & Shostakovich

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Noel Mewton-Wood piano
Harry Sevenstern trumpet
Utrecht Symphony Orchestra
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Arthur Bliss (1891-1975)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, Op35

This album was the first BMS Historic release in the society’s 25th anniversary year. Digitally remastered and re-released for the first time since its original appearance on LP in 1952, this performance of Sir Arthur Bliss’s mighty Piano Concerto remains for many the most exciting, in both musical and virtuosic terms, yet recorded. The generous coupling includes the two other 20th century piano concertos Mewton-Wood recorded before his tragic death at the age of 31 in December 1953.

REVIEWS

Gramophone Critics Choice 2003 – Bryce Morrison
Classic Record Collector Historic Awards 2004: Runner-up
Gramophone Awards 2004: Record of the Year Finalist (Historic Reissue)

“Mewton-Wood gives the performance of his life, a performance of youthful ardour (and endurance) … a most exciting and satisfactory affair,” Alec Robertson, Gramophone, November 1953

“…(Mewton-Wood’s) dumbfounding account of Bliss’s Piano Concerto…” Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, June 2003