English Piano Concerti (live)
Bernardi, Mario; CBC Radio Orchestra; Coop, Jane
Recordings and live performances of Britten’s Piano Concerto are indeed rare, and this one with Canada’s Jane Coop is a stunner! The inclusion of Alan Rawsthorne’s Piano Concerto is brilliant, and the two shorter pieces by John Ireland (Legend) and Gerald Finzi (Eclogue) are very welcome bonuses. Mario Bernardi leads North America’s only radio orchestra in these touching performances. Jane Coop has established herself as a musician of statre. Her intelligence and perception, together with her refined and heartfelt approach to music, make her a pianist whom audiences want to hear many times over. In December 2012, Jane Coop was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honor for lifetime achievement.