Started by Mark, October 25, 2007, 12:26:56 PM
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Quote from: Maestro267 on September 01, 2023, 08:06:28 AMI wonder why it only has the Adagio of the 2nd Sonata. Is that all that is finished of the work?
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on September 01, 2023, 08:17:18 AMOn Naxos' website they say that only one movement has survived from it. Is there an Ivor Gurney website? Perhaps they might go into more detail there?
QuoteGurney composed numerous miniatures for piano, as well as four known sonatas, the last of which is now missing. However, much of his effort in writing for the piano was put into Preludes. He composed at least 17 preludes, five of which – Gurney's 'Set one' – were published by Winthrop Rogers in 1921. One manuscript in the Gurney Archive contains the beginnings of 'Set Three', implying that Set Two must have been written, either as a now missing whole or in the collation of the various preludes composed between those of sets one (1919) and three (c.1921). From Gurney's wartime correspondence it appears that Gurney was intent upon composing a collection of 'English Preludes', being perhaps his answer to Bach'sDas Wohltemperierte Clavier– the Forty-Eight Preludes and Fugues.
Quote from: Papy Oli on September 05, 2023, 01:11:34 AMJust in case somebody might be interested, Chandos has a sale today only (33% off) on 78rpm recordings of Moeran's works:https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/DH%207808
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on September 05, 2023, 12:03:26 PMThis recent release has been a very welcome discovery. It includes the Variations for Piano and Orchestra by John Addison and Gordon Jacob's Piano Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major. The Addison (a new composer to me, BTW) is a work with certain sobriety that gives it elegance and a restrained nature to it, though not without its moments of energy. The Jacob is a much more animated piece with memorable material and sparkling use of the orchestra, from the very opening one is hooked. At first I hadn't noticed that the Rubbra on this disc is his Piano Concerto, op. 30 which supposedly was withdrawn by the composer. Thank God it was rescued and recorded because it's very interesting, clearly reminding of Vaughan Williams.Warmly recommended, the recording and performances are exemplary I reckon.
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on October 15, 2023, 06:34:56 PMWhat I've heard by Donald Francis Tovey has provided me a good image of him as a valuable composer. Was revisiting his Piano Quartet in E minor, op. 12 from this recording and it confirmed my impressions. It's in two very contrasted movements, being the first one stormy and passionate, whereas the second one is a supremely endearing theme with variations. Something I've also noticed in other of his works is his specialty to write some incredibly tender music and the 2nd movement of this Piano Quartet shows, it's something else indeed.
Quote from: vandermolen on October 16, 2023, 12:52:17 AMInteresting Cesar - I may well track this CD down. Tovey is a not very popular composer but his Symphony has some wonderful moments and I often return to it.
Quote from: Irons on October 16, 2023, 12:02:14 AMTovey interests me. Tempted by a string quartet recording also on Guild some time ago but didn't succumb. Reading your advocacy followed by this https://landofllostcontent.blogspot.com/2011/02/donald-tovey-chamber-music-on-guild_18.html how could I resist? Intrigued by Tovey's impression of a steam train.
Quote from: kyjo on October 23, 2023, 12:28:26 PMI agree about the quality of this work, particularly the noble and beautifully written theme-and-variations 2nd movement. However, as with most recordings of Tovey's music on the Guild and Toccata labels, I don't feel that the performance on this disc does the work full justice...
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