Field: Piano Concertos, Nocturnes, Sonatas

 
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JOHN FIELD
Field: Piano Concertos, Nocturnes, Sonatas
Benjamin Frith (piano), Northern Sinfonia, David Haslam

[ Naxos / 6 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 25 January 2019

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Irish by birth, John Field gained an international reputation as one of the finest pianists of his time, with an influential delicacy and nuance in his playing that is expressed in his innovative and poetically lyrical Nocturnes. Field's earlier Sonatas are more classical in feel, but their sense of flow and dramatic narrative exhibit qualities that are developed and given added virtuoso panache in his fine Piano Concertos, works admired by Liszt, Chopin and Schumann. 'Benjamin Frith has done a stellar job in bringing these concertos into the sunlight, brilliantly supported by the Northern Sinfonia under David Haslam' (Pianist magazine).

"Frith's playing is delectably coaxing, and he makes these Nocturnes so often seem exquisitely like Chopin, yet he still catches their naive innocence" Penguin Guide [Piano Music]

"Both works are played with effortless fluency, plus all the immediacy and freshness of new discovery. In No 1 Frith is acutely responsive to the delicate charm of the Scottish-inspired ('Twas within a mile of Edinboro' Town) slow movement. He makes one aware of Field's teasing delight in the unexpected in the smiling outer movements, to which he brings a wide range of tone, and piquant accentuation in the last. There's warm, sympathetic support from the Northern Sinfonia under David Haslam." Gramophone [Ctos 1 & 3]

"Frith's articulation is sparklingly clear throughout with rapid scales and decorations pearly and wonderfully even, helped by the relatively intimate acoustic of the theatre in Gosforth where the recordings were made." Gramophone [Ctos 5 & 6]

""Overall, this is a great disc, thoroughly enjoyable and certainly well worth seeking out. I would also recommend Mr. Frith's earlier CDs in this series as these are just as good. I am left pondering why it took Naxos so long to release this disc. I see that the Seventh Concerto recording dates from 1996 and the remainder of the disc from 2013." MusicWeb Feb 2015 [Ctos 7 & Irish]

Tracks:

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, H 27 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor: David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic
Written: 1799; England
Date of Recording: 01/1996

2. Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major, H 32 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor: David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic
Written: 1816; England
Date of Recording: 01/1996

3. Concerto for Piano no 4 in E flat major, H 28 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor: David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic
Written: 1814; England
Date of Recording: 06/1996
Venue: Jubilee Theater, Newcastle, England
Length: 33 Minutes 27 Secs.

4. Concerto for Piano no 5 in C major, H 39 "L'incendie par l'orage" by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor: David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817; England
Date of Recording: 01/1997
Venue: St. Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle, UK
Length: 26 Minutes 36 Secs.

5. Concerto for Piano no 2 in A flat major, H 31 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor: David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic
Written: 1816; England
Date of Recording: 06/1996
Venue: Jubilee Theater, Newcastle, England
Length: 34 Minutes 54 Secs.

6. Concerto for Piano no 6 in C major, H 49 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor: David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819/1820; England
Date of Recording: 01/1997
Venue: St. Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle, UK
Length: 30 Minutes 48 Secs.

7. Concerto for Piano no 7 in C minor, H 58 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Conductor: David Haslam
Orchestra/Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
Period: Romantic
Written: 1822/1832; England

8. Sonata for Piano in B major, H 17 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1813; England

9. Nocturne for Piano no 1 in E flat major, H 24 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1812; England

10. Nocturne for Piano no 2 in C minor, H 25 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1812; England

11. Nocturne for Piano no 3 in A flat major, H 26 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1812; England

12. Nocturne for Piano no 4 in A major, H 36 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817; England

13. Nocturne for Piano no 5 in B flat major, H 37 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817; Ireland

14. Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 1/H 8: no 1 in E flat major by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1801; England

15. Nocturne for Piano no 6 in F major, H 40 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817; England

16. Nocturne for Piano no 7 in C major, H 45 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1821; England

17. Nocturne for Piano no 8 in A major, H 14E by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1815; England

18. Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 1/H 8: no 2 in A major by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1801; England

19. Nocturne for Piano no 9 in E flat major, H 30 "Romance" by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1816; England

20. Nocturne for Piano no 10 in E minor, H 46b by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1822; England
Date of Recording: 1995-96
Venue: St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs.

21. Nocturne for Piano no 11 in E flat major, H 56A by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1833; England
Date of Recording: 1995-96
Venue: St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs.

22. Nocturne for Piano no 12 in G major, H 58D by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1834; England
Date of Recording: 1995-96
Venue: St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs.

23. Nocturne for Piano no 13 in D minor, H 59 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1834; England
Date of Recording: 1995-96
Venue: St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs.

24. Nocturne for Piano no 14 in C major, H 60 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836; England
Date of Recording: 1995-96
Venue: St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs.

25. Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 1/H 8: no 3 in C minor by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1801; England
Date of Recording: 1995-96
Venue: St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs.

26. Nocturne for Piano no 15 in C major, H 61 by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836; England
Date of Recording: 1995-96
Venue: St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs.

27. Nocturne for Piano no 16 in F major, H 62A by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1836; England
Date of Recording: 1995-96
Venue: St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs.

28. Nocturne for Piano no 17 in E major, H 54A "Grand Pastorale" by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1832; England
Date of Recording: 1995-96
Venue: St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs.

29. Nocturne for Piano no 18 in E major, H 13K "Twelve O'Clock" by John Field
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1832; England
Date of Recording: 1995-96
Venue: St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs.

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A-Flat Major, H. 31: III. Rondo