The popular and critically admired Chandos recordings of John Field’s expressive cycle of Piano Concertos are brought together for the first time as a limited edition 4-CD set and released at the price of only 2 CDs.
A major forerunner of the Romantic school of pianism that culminated in Chopin, Dublin-born pianist and composer John Field had scarcely received his due until Chandos released the performances of the Piano Concertos by fellow countryman, Miceal O’Rourke.
“O’Rourke seems to have adopted the style of Field himself; he has a lovely touch and flow.” American Record Guide
“all praise to those responsible…” Gramophone Magazine
“O'Rourke and his partners capture Field's spirit and style to perfection, warmly recorded in a natural acoustic.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2008
“The music of these concertos is uneven, but they are all easy to enjoy and most have their fair share of winning themes...O'Rourke is very persuasive and he receives admirable support...the serene single-movement Piano Quintet is also delicately charming.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition
“Field’s star is currently shining brighter than ever, thanks in no small measure to the partnership of pianist Miceal O’Rourke and the Matthias Bamert-led London Mozart Players” The Lady
“O’Rourke’s delicate touch is ideal for conveying the charm of Field’s music” The Times