Britten: Piano & Violin Concertos

Two superb Britten concertos, two stellar performers, one disc

Two superb works by Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 15 (with Sergej Azizian and the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Osmo Vänskä), and Piano Concerto in D, Op. 13 (performed by Annette Servadei, the London Symphony Orchestra, and Joseph Giunta).

“With good well-balanced recording Servadei gives a strong dedicated muscular performance… particularly impressive in the hushed and sustained passacaglia, entitled Impromptu (3rd mvt.) which provided Walton with the theme for his Variations on a theme of Benjamin Britten.” (Penguin Guide)

“[Azizian] His is a superb technique, marked by flawless intonation and a wide tonal range… He adopts a manner at once lighter in the quicksilver bravura passages and more intimate and poetic in the lyrical writing, ending in a deeply felt account of the closing pages, one of Britten’s deepest inspirations.” (Penguin Guide)