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I have nothing but praise for the performances... impressive pianism


No, not a Rachmaninov rarity, it’s the opening of the Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat from Roger Sacheverell Coke (spelled Coke, pronounced Coke I’m told). There is a Rachmaninov connection: I’m told they were friends, the great Russian visited Coke at home in Derbyshire and Coke dedicated a Symphony to Rachmaninov. The trouble is that while he speaks Rachmaninov with an easy fluency it’s not the whole language, this little development of some thematic ideas.

I’ve nothing but praise for the performances. Simon Callaghan has already made a recording of Coke’s solo music for SOMM. His impressive pianism is wholeheartedly supported by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, all hearts on sleeves. Coke’s 3rd and 4th concertos plus a rather fetching Andante that’s all that survives of what might have been a 5th concerto. This time they are all first recordings on the latest volume of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series - volume 73, since you ask! Andrew McGregor

BBC Radio 3 Record Review 2 December 2017

Coke Concertos

Simon Callaghan’s début concerto disc for Hyperion’s lauded Romantic Piano Concerto Series features the world premiere recordings of Roger Sacheverell Coke’s concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. Watch the trailer here.

The CD reached #3 in the Official Classical Charts (remaining in the Charts for 3 weeks), the Top 10 in the Classic FM Charts, and featured as November CD of the Month on Colchester Classics and MusicWeb International!

Watch the trailer here.

Read programme notes here.