Belated sad news: Eric Parkin, champion of British piano music, especially by Arnold Bax and John Ireland, died on February the Third at the age of 95. Oct 29, 2020 | News | 1 comment 1 Comment Ates Orga on October 29, 2020 at 12:07 pm Eric Parkin’s death, only recently reported, reminds me that at the Proms he played the John Ireland Concerto three times with Sargent and the BBC SO (1953, 1954, 1959). His only other appearance, with the LSO and Basil Cameron, 19 August 1957, also included Ireland, the Legend, but with Mendelssohn’s Second Concerto in the first half. For many listeners his broadcasts were the soundtrack of the post-war years, largely but not only centered around relatively unfamiliar repertory. He set an idiomatic benchmark. Concert-wise, along with many others, he lost BBC favour with the advent of the Glock era, tonal British music failing to compete with Stockhausen, Boulez et al. But he enjoyed a golden Indian summer with Chandos, as well as adding to the catalogue with LPs for Lyrita and Unicorn. His recordings of William Baines’s piano music – a remarkable repertory I discovered early into the 70s – remain, so far as I am aware, uncontested. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.