London Philharmonic - Elgar, Ireland, Walton
Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents. Piers Lane (piano), London Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Manze. Elgar: Introduction and Allegro. Ireland: Piano Concerto. Walton: Symphony No 1.
Live from the Royal Festival Hall
Presented by Ian Skelly
Andrew Manze conducts the LPO in Elgar, Ireland and Walton.
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro
Ireland: Piano Concerto
Walton: Symphony No. 1
Piers Lane, piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze, conductor
One day in 1930, John Ireland heard a piano student practising down a corridor at the Royal College of Music. Ireland was struck by the student's combination of poetry and technique, and when he discovered who the mystery pianist was, he was enthralled by her physical presence and beauty too. Ireland captured his sudden infatuation for the pianist Helen Perkin in his sparkling Piano Concerto, and it's easy to hear how the pianist inspired the composer to heights of brilliance, virtuosity and flair. Alongside the Concerto, Andrew Manze conducts the emotional outpouring that is William Walton's First Symphony and Elgar's poised Introduction and Allegro for strings.