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Field, John - Piano Concerto No. 7, Irish Concerto & Piano Sonata No. 4



Benjamin Frith (piano)

Northern Sinfonia, David Haslam (conductor)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Andrew Mogrelia (conductor)

Naxos – 66 mins

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From our blog, 3 September 2016:

Recently the subject of Alistair McGowan’s Radio 4 documentary Field Notes: The Irishman Who Invented the Nocturne, John Field spent the majority of his working life in Russia, selling pianos for Clementi, with whom he had previously studied in London and travelled in Paris and Vienna. Russian audiences were particularly receptive to Field’s highly nuanced playing, and in turn a Russian influence is apparent in the second movement of his Piano Concerto No. 7. The so-called Irish Concerto is a one-movement work based on the first movement of his Piano Concerto No. 2: among the revisions is the addition of a central nocturne, reflecting Field’s practice of performing a pre-written or improvised nocturne in the middle of his two-movement sonatas and concertos to compensate for their lack of written slow movements. This recording concludes Frith’s complete series of Field piano concertos but also includes the Piano Sonata No. 4 not previously represented in his two volumes of Field’s solo piano music.

Piano Concerto No. 7 in C Minor, H.58a

1 - I. Allegro moderato

2 - II. Rondo: Allegro moderato

3 - Irish Concerto: Allegro moderato (ed. Hans Priegnitz) (1816/1961)

Piano Sonata No. 4 in B Major, H.17a

4 - I. Moderato

5 - II. Rondo: Moderato

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