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Piano Concerto in B flat (c1800)
1. Allegro brillante, B flat major. 2. Adagio, G minor. 3. Andante con variazioni, B flat major. 18 mins
2 ob, 2 hn, strings, solo piano
Each movement has its own stamp, often embodied in assertive virtuosity: florid streams of semiquavers, emphatic chords punctuating a lyrical line, finger-testing figurations. Each too suggests she knew her Mozart formally and expressively. But while the presence of an Adagio of considerable pathos in G minor suggets parallels, here she is at her most personal. Rosetti scored the Concerto, and he keeps the orchestra respectfully in the background once a solo has begun. I gave the UK premiere with my Orchestra, the Ambache, in 1996; it was warmly received.
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