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Australian piano concertos
This list of piano concertos as been prepared in cooperation with Stephanie McCallum.
|Phantasy concerto Op. 63 (1948) by Eugene Goossens
|The recently released recording by Howard Shelley with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Chandos) reveals richly coloured orchestral sound with brilliant piano writing, well-embedded in the texture. The style leans towards Romanticism, but has some adventurous astringent moments.
|Piano concerto (1982) by Peter Sculthorpe
|Repetitive and mantra-like, this concerto uses melodies familiar from Sculthorpe’s other works in rhythmic, soothing gestures with a well-structured climax. One for those looking for a concerto which is technically less demanding.
|Concerto for piano and orchestra (1985) by Roger Smalley
|A wonderful pianist himself, Smalley uses the piano to great effect in this large-scale and attractive work which deserves revival. Available on a Vox Australis CD with composer as soloist.
|Concerto for piano and orchestra (1991) by Larry Sitsky
|Subtitled 'The 22 Paths of the Tarot', this concerto is large, sprawling and delightfully over-the-top.
|Displaced dances (2000) by Elena Kats-Chernin
|Displaced Dances has twelve, humorous and engaging dance-like movements each bearing an evocative name. The scoring has very witty percussion and the piano part dominates throughout – even having one movement as a complete solo which provides an expressively reflective hiatus to the headlong energy of the work.