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The Northern Echo, September 2020

These works will come as a revelation to the listener …charming and thought provoking works are conveyed with expressive elan. Highly recommended. © 2020 The Northern Echo



Records International, September 2020

Pianist McLachlan says of Gregson’s piano music that “he knows the importance of restraint and control; nothing is overly stated, repeated or extended. Concentration and craftsmanship permeate every bar that the composer has penned”. Renowned for his orchestral oeuvre, Gregson shows us a more intimate but no less impressive side in his piano music. From the Lullaby composed while a student, to the Tippett-inspired sonata, one is charmed, moved and thrilled in equal measure by this program of his complete music for solo piano. © 2020 Records International



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2020

Though Edward Gregson’s orchestral music is no stranger in the programmes of international concert halls, we rarely find his brief output of solo piano works.

This is highlighted when we have them all on this one disc of World Premiere Recordings, the eight works being his entire output for the solo keyboard. Born in 1945, he was a piano and composition pupil of Alan Bush, and early in his life he became interested in music for brass instruments leading to a strong association with brass bands. That, linked with a series of concertos for various instruments, and a major career in education, has shared his time with writing television and film music. For the piano his earliest works—Lullaby and A Song for Sue—come from his young twenties and are in the style of salon music. There was then a long gap of fifteen years before Friday a.m., a piece of jazz doodling. There followed the Four Pictures and Six Little Pieces, all cameos to bring pleasure to the listener. In 1983 we find his most extended score, the Piano Sonata dedicated to Sir Michael Tippett. That took him on a lone journey into the era of the Second Viennese School. Now the present century sees a return to miniatures with An Album for my Friends and Three Etudes. Bench-mark performances from the much travelled British pianist, Murray McLachlan, with Gregson acting as the producer for the recording and also playing A Song for Sue, dedicated to his wife. © 2020 David’s Review Corner





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