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Beach * Chaminade * Howell: 'The Romantic Piano Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

Beach * Chaminade * Howell: 'The Romantic Piano Concerto

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Beach * Chaminade * Howell [G]

'The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol 70'

Beach Piano Concerto, Op 45 Chaminade Concertstuck, Op 40 Howell Piano Concerto

Danny Driver pf BBC Scottish Symphony

Orchestra / Rebecca Miller

Hyperion (F) CDA68130 (70' * DDD)

None of the 91 composers featured on the previous 69 volumes in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series has been a woman. As if to redress the balance, Vol 70 has three. It is sponsored by Ambache (a charitable trust dedicated to raising the profile of music by women), and the BBC Scottish SO (leader Laura Samuel) is conducted by Rebecca Miller, whose special rapport with the soloist may or may not have something to do with the fact that she is married to him.

It is little to do with Danny Driver's gender that allows him to far outshine two earlier champions of the Amy Beach Concerto who happen to be women: Marie Louise Boehm (sounding a little elderly now on Vox or as part of the 40-CD Brilliant Classics box set I welcomed in the August 2016 issue) and Joanne Polk (Arabesque, 6/00). …

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