Danny Driver (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Macdonald (Hyperion)
Erik Chisholm (1904-65) was a remarkable Scotsman, an accomplished composer, pianist and organist who conducted the British premieres of Mozart's Idomeneo and Berlioz's The Trojans in Glasgow and brought Hindemith, Szymanowski and Bartók to the city (Bartók took home a bagpipe chanter). "McBartok", as Chisholm became known, based his first piano concerto on the classical music of the pipes, and highly attractive it is, too; full of provocative rhythm and utterly devoid of cliche. His second is even more elaborate, drawing its inspiration from the beguiling ragas of Hindustan, their evocative intervals and sensuous, twisting melodies handled beautifully here by Danny Driver in this premiere recording.
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