BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, DVORAK: Piano Concerto / Violin Concerto

James Jolly

By James Jolly

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Two wonderful but far-too-infrequently-heard concertos by Dvorak.

This recording not only does demonstrates the Chandos imprint's discernment in choosing musicians of real stature from a younger generation (both Hayroudinoff and Ehnes are on their way to major careers) but it couples two wonderful but far-too-infrequently-heard concertos by Dvorak. Both pieces have abundant melodic charm, but also never abandon the rusticity that lies so near the surface in much of Dvorak's music — either finale will have you smiling with delight and tapping a toe at the same time. The album also shows what a tremendous orchestra the BBC has at its outpost in Manchester, and in Gianandrea Noseda, the conductor who gave the world that free-for-download Beethoven symphony cycle back in 2005, the orchestra has a maestro with real personality. Add to that a fine, spacious but nicely detailed recording and you've a real winner.