For readers who want to know more about Orchestra of the Swan, as it happens, their latest disc is a focus of Michael Kennedy’s weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph (alongside Rattle’s Brahms cycle and an aria disc by soprano Cheryl Barker). Good company, to be sure…
Bax, Ireland- Piano Concertos
Bebbington (piano), Curtis (conductor), Orchestra of the Swan, Somm Records
Bax’s Concertino, intended for Harriet Cohen, was abandoned in 1939 and has been edited and orchestrated by Graham Parlett. It is typical of the composer in its blend of romantic fervour and restless gloom until his spirits rise in the finale. Mark Bebbington and the conductor David Curtis are wholehearted in the advocacy of this fascinating piece. Bebbington is also impressive in Ireland’s attractive concerto with its brilliant jazzy episodes and its lyrical intensity.