Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25
Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40
Rondo brillante in E flat, Op.29
The Holy Boy
Danse nègre, Op.58/5
Lotus Land, Op.47/1
John Ogdon (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London Mendelssohn in September 1969, solo pieces in July 1972
Reviewed by: Colin Anderson
Reviewed: April 2003
CD No: TESTAMENT SBT 1288
Aldo Ceccato and the LSO provide a telling and very-together accompaniment. Just the right amount of time is taken to let this music speak as it should – nothing sanctimonious, nothing superficial – together with an appreciation of the music on its own terms; its character and delight. The recording is immediate and well balanced.
The encores, pleasurable English miniatures, are played with feeling and insight – John Ireland’s The Holy Boy is more effective on strings, which is not to deny Ogdon’s concentration or the piano’s black-and-white revealing of harmony; the pastoral April is rather Ravelian. Of Cyril Scott’s mysterious fancies, his contented Lotus Land and perky Danse enjoy Ogdon’s affection. This desirable CD documents Ogdon’s open-hearted response to diverse repertoire, cut short with his early death in 1989.