BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Piers Lane, piano
Stephen Johnson, presenter
BBC Radio 3
Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor
Sunday 29 April 2007 17:00-18:30 (BBC Radio 3)
Stephen Johnson joins pianist Piers Lane and members of BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Kenneth Woods for an investigation into a distinct genre of concerto.
1 hour 30 minutes
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career which has taken him to more than forty countries. Following the success of his New York début at Lincoln Center in 2004 Piers Lane was re-invited to Lincoln Center in spring 2006, when he played the mighty Bliss concerto with the American Symphony Orchestra and gave a solo recital; he also took part in chamber music concerts at New York’s legendary Bargemusic. Recent and forthcoming European highlights include concerto appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony; London Philharmonic; Hallé and Ulster orchestras; a solo recital at Symphony Hall Birmingham for the BBC and a three concert series entitled Metamorphoses at Wigmore Hall. Festival appearances include Bard in New York State; Elverum and Trondheim in Norway; Llandeilo and Petworth in the UK; Como Autumn Music in Italy; The Ruhr and Schloss Vor Husum in Germany; La Roque d’Anthéron and Paris Chopin in France and Valledemossa Chopin in Mallorca.
Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds 75 works. He has played with all the ABC and BBC orchestras, the Aarhus, City of Birmingham, Bournemouth, Gothenburg & New Zealand Symphony Orchestras; Hallé; Philharmonia; Kanazawa Ensemble and City of London Sinfonia and the London, Royal Liverpool & Royal Philharmonic Orchestras among others. Leading conductors with whom he has worked include Andrey Boreyko, Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Hickox, Andrew Litton, Sir Charles Mackerras, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Maxim Shostakovich, Vassily Sinaisky and Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Piers Lane’s extensive discography includes, on the Hyperion label, much admired recordings of rare Romantic Concertos, the complete Etudes and Preludes by Scriabin and transcriptions of Bach and Strauss, along with complete collections of Concert Etudes by Saint-Saens, Moscheles and Henselt, and transcriptions by Grainger. In 2005 Hyperion released the original version of the Delius Concerto, coupled with Ireland’s Concerto and Legend, as well as Stanford’s Piano Quintet with the Vanburgh Quartet. In 2006 Piers Lane recorded concertos by Alnaes and Sinding with the Bergen Philharmonic, conducted by Andrew Litton and songs by Delius with soprano Yvonne Kenny. He has also recorded for the BMG, Classics for Pleasure, Decca, EMI Eminence, Lyrita and Unicorn-Khanchana labels.
For BBC Radio 3, Piers Lane wrote and presented the popular 54-part series The Piano and regularly presented BBC Legends. In 1994 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where he has been a professor of piano since 1989.
C. 2007 Kenneth Woods