John Field: Piano Concertos, Nocturnes, Sonatas (6CD)

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Benjamin Frith, Northern Sinfonia, David Haslam

Irish by birth, John Field gained an international reputation as one of the finest pianists of his time, with an influential delicacy and nuance in his playing that is expressed in his innovative and poetically lyrical Nocturnes. Field’s earlier Sonatas are more classical in feel, but their sense of flow and dramatic narrative exhibit qualities that are developed and given added virtuoso panache in his fine Piano Concertos, works admired by Liszt, Chopin and Schumann. ‘Benjamin Frith has done a stellar job in bringing these concertos into the sunlight, brilliantly supported by the Northern Sinfonia under David Haslam’ (Pianist magazine).

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John Field:


Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, H. 27
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Air Ecossais, "Within a mile of Edinburgh town": Adagio non troppo
3. III. Finale: Allegro vivace

Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Major, H. 32
4. I. Allegro moderato
5. II. Rondo: Tempo di polacca


Piano Concerto No. 2 in A-Flat Major, H. 31
1. I. Allegro moderato
2. II. Poco adagio
3. III. Moderato innocente

Piano Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat Major, H. 28
4. I. Allegro moderato
5. II. Siciliano: Poco adagio
6. III. Rondo: Allegretto


Piano Concerto No. 5 in C Major, H. 39, "L'Incendie par l'Orage"
1. I. Allegro moderato
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Rondo allegro

Piano Concerto No. 6 in C Major, H. 49A
4. I. Allegro moderato
5. II. Larghetto
6. III. Rondo moderato


Piano Concerto No. 7 in C Minor, H. 58A
1. I. Allegro moderato
2. II. Rondo: Allegro moderato

Field, John - Classical Composer
Priegnitz, Hans - Arranger
3. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A-Flat Major, H. 31: I. Allegro moderato (arr. H. Priegnitz as Irish Concerto)

Field, John - Classical Composer
Piano Sonata No. 4 in B Major, H. 17A
4. I. Moderato
5. II. Rondo: Moderato


1. Nocturne No. 1 in E-Flat Major, H. 24
2. Nocturne No. 2 in C Minor, H. 25
3. Nocturne No. 3 in A-Flat Major, H. 26
4. Nocturne No. 4 in A Major, H. 36
5. Nocturne No. 5 in B-Flat Major, H. 37A

Piano Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1, H. 8A
6. I. Allegro moderato
7. II. Rondo: Allegro
8. Nocturne No. 6 in F Major, H. 40A
9. Nocturne No. 7 in C Major, H. 45A
10. Nocturne No. 8 in A Major, H. 14E

Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 1, No. 2, H. 8A
11. I. Allegro vivace
12. II. Allegro vivace
13. Nocturne No. 9 in E-Flat Major, H. 30


1. Nocturne No. 10 in E Minor, H. 46B
2. Nocturne No. 11 in E-Flat Major, H. 56A
3. Nocturne No. 12 in G Major, H. 58D
4. Nocturne No. 13 in D Minor, H. 59A
5. Nocturne No. 14 in C Major, H. 60A

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3, H. 8A
6. I. Non troppo allegro, ma con fuoco e con espressione
7. II. Rondo: Allegretto scherzando
8. Nocturne No. 15 in C Major, H. 61A
9. Nocturne No. 16 in F Major, H. 62
10. Nocturne No. 17 in E Major, H. 54A
11. Nocturne No. 18 in E Major, H. 13R, "Le midi"

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The Classical Music Collector:

Some CD releases have a self-evident appeal—who could resist a box set of the complete Piano Concertos of John Field? If you’ve worn out your recordings of the Piano Concertos of Mozart and Beethoven, Field’s are surely the obvious next stop. Field’s story, of an Irish-born virtuoso pianist and probable piano salesman, apparent inventor of the Nocturne, who settled permanently and extravagantly in Russia, is worthy of Hollywood. The works themselves are among the greatest of their time and were admired—and sometimes emulated—by such luminaries as Chopin, Hummel, Moscheles, and Liszt. The performances, by Benjamin Frith and the Northern Sinfonia under (mostly) David Haslam, have repeatedly received high praise. Irresistible!

- Chris Dench