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Brian: Piano Music

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Raymond Clarke


Esther King

Mezzo-Soprano

Tessa Spong

Speaker

Venue:

Suffolk



Engineer:

Mike Beville



Record Label
Athene

Genre:

Vocal & Song




Total Time - 76:02
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BRIAN HAVERGAL

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1 

Prelude - John Dowland's Fancy

3:09
     
2 

Double Fugue in E flat

15:08
     
 

Four Miniatures

 
3 I No. 1 2:33
4 II No. 2 4:40
5 III No. 3 1:48
6 III No. 4 3:29
     
 

Prelude and Fugue in C minor

 
7 I Prelude 4:48
8 II Fugue 7:24
     
9 

The Land of Dreams

4:03
 Esther King Mezzo-Soprano
     
10 

The Birds

3:30
 Esther King Mezzo-Soprano
     
11 

The Defiled Sanctuary

2:06
 Esther King Mezzo-Soprano
     
 

Prelude and Fugue in D minor/major

 
12 I Prelude 3:27
13 II Fugue 6:12
     
 

Three Illuminations

 
14 I The Boys and the Pastille part 1 0:57
15 II The Boys and the Pastille part 2 1:20
16 III The Butterfly's Waltz part 1 0:47
17 IV The butterfly's Waltz part 2 1:11
18 V Venus and a Bobby part 1 2:13
19 VI Venus and a Bobby part 2 2:22
  Version with commentary  
 Tessa Spong Speaker
 

Three Illuminations for Solo Piano

4:55  
20 I No. 1 1:21
21 II No. 2 1:11
22 III No. 3 2:23
 Raymond Clarke


Brian is quite rightly acquiring a steadily growing band of admirers, and his orchestral music is now enjoying deserved popularity.  His piano music on the other hand remains almost unknown, apart from this pioneering album

“Raymond Clarke’s playing is as accurate as one could hope for.  Nearly every accent and change in tempo, for example, is realised … Clarke’s program notes are a model of clarity and insight.”

Paul Rapoport - Fanfare


“Formidable performances (even of the Double Fugue, which ideally needs at least three hands), and well recorded.” 

Michael Oliver - Gramophone magazine
 


“Those who only know Havergal Brian as the composer of numerous, little-known symphonies will find this disc of piano music something of a surprise … three intensely complicated contrapuntal works … all the pieces are given dedicated and skilful performances on this recording.”

Barbara Hammond - Classic CD


“Raymond Clarke presents intelligent and scrupulously prepared performances, bringing out with dedication the classical clarity of thought behind his abrupt and unexpected turns of invention.  The supporting artists are excellent, Athene’s recording crystalline and beautifully atmospheric.” 

Calum MacDonald - BBC Music Magazine


’...outstanding recording… an acutely sensitive response to this very beautiful music.”

Martin Anderson - Tempo




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