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Erik Chisholm: Piano Concertos

Piano Concerto No. 1 'P├Čobaireachd' Piano Concerto No. 2 'Hindustani'

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Rory Macdonald/Danny Driver (piano)

Hyperion: CDA67880

A particularly interesting and ejoyable disc of concertos which ought not to have faded into oblivion. Both are well put across, the Scottish references the more easy to pick up.

With the Hindustani concerto an important opportunity is lost. The text about the Indian-inspired concerto is all but meaningless for an innocent listener. The remarks about raga are all too vague and generalised. Whether a rag is meant for morning or evening is no help; what is needed are music examples to connect Chisholm with his Hindustani inspirations.

I'd never heard of Hyperion's annotator John Purser, but discover that he is 'an eminent composer, musicologist, and music historian' and author of A History of the Traditional and Classical Music of Scotland...

Mightn't he, or someone else, have served us better about the Ragas, with which I've been struggling for very many years, with little readily available help...

Peter Grahame Woolf


Image: Chisholm in Singapore