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William Alwyn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Peter Donohoe (piano); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Judd (conductor)
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  1. Piano Concerto No. 1
  2. Derby Day Overture for orchestra
  3. Piano Concerto No. 2
  4. Sonata alla toccata, for piano

The examples of William Alwyn's music on this recording are much closer to late Romantic music than more modern music, even though their composition dates range from 1930 to 1967. Each of the two piano concertos and the Derby Day Overture cover a wide range of feelings with dramatic contrasts. That, combined with the flashy piano writing of the Concerto No. 2, the fully tonal harmony, and rich orchestral colors, makes them instantly appealing to most audiences. Pianist Peter Donohoe, conductor James Judd, and the ...