piano concerto -
'Highly recommended ...'
This is a hugely interesting Vaughan Williams disc which includes a cracking new recording of the Piano Concerto. Ashley Wass is an exciting pianist, who brings substantial panache to proceedings, rather recalling an EMI Eminence recording with Takuo Yuasa conducting which was issued in the late 1990s.
Listen -- Vaughan Williams: Finale (Piano Concerto)
(track 9, 0:00-1:11) © 2009 Naxos Rights International Ltd
I also greatly enjoyed The Wasps, which is brimful of boisterous energy, especially the Overture, which is very similar to Mark Elder's equally fine recording on the Halle label. The English Folk Song Suite is recorded here in the Gordon Jacob orchestration which sounds fine enough while there is the added bonus of the short The Running Set which rounds off the disc in rumbustious fashion.
Listen -- Vaughan Williams: The Running Set
(track 13, 5:18-6:14) © 2009 Naxos Rights International Ltd
The Naxos recording is quite top notch with judicious balance between orchestra and soloist, with the orchestral items also sounding quite effective and silky smooth. James Judd is a sympathetic conductor bringing out the colourful and rhapsodic in Vaughan Williams' music. Highly recommended, even if you have the works in question already.
Copyright © 14 November 2009
CD INFORMATION: VAUGHAN WILLIAMS' PIANO CONCERTO