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International Piano Reviews “Unmissable” Dora Bright and Ruth Gipps Piano Concertos

International Piano‘s December Issue reviews Samantha Ward and Murray McLachlan’s Dora Bright and Ruth Gipps Piano Concertos Recording

“A treat for fans of English music: two piano concertos by two ladies, Dora Bright (1862-1951) and Ruth Gipps (1921-1999). Bright’s writing in the concerto is highly Romantic, gesturing towards Schumann and Brahms, but the material is undeniably English. … [Samantha] Ward is a fine player… finding just the right flow for the appealing melodies. … Bright’s Variations are splendidly imagined, incuding a deliciously tripping waltz. … The indefatigable McLachlan shines in the solo part of Gipps’ postwar concerto. Soloist and orchestra work in communion, exuding a sense of discovery; the Finzi-like Andante is a dream. Both concertos benefitted from musicological input from Valerie Langfield. Unmissable.”

—Colin Clarke, International Piano

See the full review in International Piano‘s December 2019 “CDs in Brief” section.