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    Jane Coop

Piano Concerto

PIANO CONCERTO

For Solo Piano and Orchestra
Piano-Concerto_coverPiano-Concerto-pp-1Piano-Concerto-pp-2Duration: 20:00  |  2006
Commissioned by CBC
Dedicated to and composed for Jane Coop
 
 
 
 

INSTRUMENTATION
2 Flutes; Oboe; 2 Clarinets in Bb;
2 Bassoon [Bassoon II doubling Contrabassoon];
2 Horns in F; Trombone;
2 Percussion [Vibraphone, Marimba, Roto-toms, Timpani, Snare Drum,
Tom-toms, Bass Drum, Temple Blocks, Crotales, Suspended Cymbal];
Strings (minimum of 8 6 4 4 2)

PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE
September 20, 2006
Jane Coop, pianist; CBC Radio Orchestra; Alain Trudel, conductor
Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver

Movement I: <i>Con bravura</i>

Movement II: <i>Delicamente</i>

Movement III: <i>Strepitoso</i>

Audio excerpts are from the premiere performance

REVIEW

Ramona Luengen’s new piano concerto, written (even tailored) for Jane Coop, melds the heroic grand style with a conservative modernist idiom. She has succeeded in creating a piece of solid craftsmanship and potentially broad appeal. Lucky, of course, the composer who is able to draw on Coop’s intelligence, experience and plain sang froid. From the dark and dramatic first movement through the rhythmically charged finale, Luengen gives her soloist quite the workout. And though lyrical writing takes a back seat to more bravura materials, it’s the middle movement that contains many of the concerto’s most arresting movements, including a lovely, edgy opening featuring quiet brass and percussion, and a touching and emotionally satisfying conclusion.
— September 22, 2006 – Vancouver Sun