Piano Concertos
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Two large-scale concertos by a British master.

George Lloyd writes: "In the early 60s, I was browsing over the idea of writing a piano concerto when I heard John Ogdon for the first time; from then on I knew the style of playing I needed and always had the sound of that great player in my head. It was fortunate for me that Sir Charles Groves decided to give the first performance of my piano concerto No. 1 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and John Ogdon as soloist. I had intended writing a large scale concerto with three movements but early on the first movement took on so much life of its own that it became the single-movement concerto I called "Scapegoat." When I had finished "Scapegoat" I still had the ideas for a long slow movement and a finale for the concerto I had intended to write so I set to work providing another first movement. Alas, I was no more fortunate than I had been at my first attempt. Once again the music dictated events, became too long and turned itself into another single-movement concerto which is my Concerto No. 2."
George Lloyd, composer
Piano Concerto No. 1
BBC Philharmonic, George Lloyd, conductor, Martin Roscoe, piano

George Lloyd, composer
Piano Concerto No. 2
BBC Philharmonic, George Lloyd, conductor, Martin Roscoe, piano

"How can anyone give George Lloyd a bad review? He's one of those rare souls - at least in contemporary music - who writes effortlessly in a fluent conservative idiom and who is never at a loss for a good tune or an evocative atmosphere....The first two concertos are both large-scale single movements which were initially intended as merely the first of three conventional movements, but they "got out of hand" in a productive way, leading to some of the most powerfully cohesive and driven music Lloyd has ever written." (Fanfare)
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