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ALWYN: Piano Music, Vol. 1


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A Balancing Act – Ashley Wass Talks to Jeremy Siepmann

ALWYN: Piano Music, Vol. 1

Piano music featured prominently for the most part of Alwyn’s career. The composer himself was no mean pianist, as evidenced in the varying technical demands made on the pianist in the works included here. The major work on this recording, Fantasy Waltzes, consisting of a suite of eleven virtuoso pieces, is arguably Alwyn’s finest creation for piano solo. Haze of Noon is a dreamy and languid piece, one of several published by OUP for their educational series. Green Hills is a nature poem which inhabits the sound world of John Ireland, while both Fancy Free and April Morn are simpler pieces which nevertheless demonstrate Alwyn’s consummate skill as a composer.

Alwyn, William

  Sonata alla toccata
1.   I. Maestoso - Allegro ritmico e jubilante 00:03:33
2.   II. Andante con moto e semplice 00:02:24
3.   III. Molto vivace 00:03:54
  Green Hills
4.   Green Hills 00:03:07
  Cricketty Mill
5.   Cricketty Mill 00:04:15
  Prelude and Fugue on an Indian Scale
6.   Prelude 00:02:18
7.   Fugue 00:01:34
  Haze of Noon
8.   Haze of Noon 00:02:47
  Harvest Home
9.   I. The Tinker's Tune 00:01:21
10.   II. The Village Band 00:01:22
11.   III. Harvest Moon 00:01:46
12.   IV. The Church Bells Ring 00:01:18
  Fancy Free
13.   I. Sunday Morning 00:01:14
14.   II. Snowdrop 00:01:44
15.   III. Twilight 00:01:26
16.   IV. Happy - Go - Lucky 00:00:56
  April Morn
17.   I. The Lost Lamb 00:01:11
18.   II. April Shower 00:00:53
19.   III. Bluebells 00:00:39
20.   IV. Violets 00:00:53
  Fantasy Waltzes
21.   No. 1. Tempo rubato e capriccioso 00:02:49
22.   No. 2. Scherzando 00:01:31
23.   No. 3. Moderato 00:02:46
24.   No. 4. Grazioso 00:02:26
25.   No. 5. Lento 00:03:54
26.   No. 6. Allegro giocoso 00:05:23
27.   No. 7. Lento 00:03:54
28.   No. 8. Vivace, ma ritmico 00:01:24
29.   No. 9. Lento e lugubre 00:04:26
30.   No. 10. In tempo piacevole 00:01:40
31.   No. 11. Presto 00:05:22

Total Playing Time: 01:14:10

Alwyn, William

Wass, Ashley

Label: Naxos

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570359

Barcode: 0747313035977

Physical Release: 12/2007

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