Robert Helps, Orchestral tour

The Orchestral Music of Robert Helps

Helps in 1968, a magnificent, Mephistophilean portrait by Imogen Cooper

Piano concerto no. 1 (1968) [for piano and orchestra]

Lush Mahlerian outer movements frame a fiendish "scherzo(?)" for piano and winds. Fragile, beautiful writing contrasts with astonishing savagery.

Total duration: 20 minutes.

The work is dedicated to Milton Babbitt.