CIPRIANI POTTER (1792-1871): Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Overture to Cymbelene, Introduzione e Rondo (alla militaire) in E Flat for Piano and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 08X002
Reference: 555 274-2
Description: Potter was one of the first renowned composers from England to write symphonies based on his experience of Mozart’s late oeuvre and Beethoven’s orchestral music. Dating from 1819 (but revised twice, in 1824-26 and 1833), Potter’s first symphony from the very start attests to his dramatic instinct. The furious Allegro con spirito first movement is a particularly bold stroke of genius filled with powerful melodic invention in combination with masterful thematic development. A phenomenal pianist, Potter produced the Introduzione e Rondo in 1827 and it offers an example of Potter’s humorous side, a trait mentioned by many who knew him. The big, 15-minute overture comes from 1836. Claire Huangci (piano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Howard Griffiths.