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BAX: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-4 / IRELAND / BRIDGE: Piano Sonata

English Piano Sonatas

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2012

Originally recorded in 2007


Malcolm Binns



Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Stoke d'Abernon, Cobham, Surrey

16 & 30 May, 13 Jun & 18 Jul 2007


John Talbot


Paul Arden-Taylor

Record Label
British Music Society



Total Time - 149:04
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BAX: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-4 / IRELAND / BRIDGE: Piano Sonata

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  English Piano Sonatas  



Piano Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor


Piano Sonata No.2 in G

2 Lento. 24:51
  Tenebroso. Slow. Gloomy and menacing in mood - Moderato eroico. Brazen & glittering - Allegro moderato - Lento. Very still and concentrated - Tempo 1 - Molto largamente - Lento  
3 First Appendix 1:38
4 Second Appendix 4:44



Piano Sonata

5 First Movement Allegro non troppo 5:58
6 Second Movement Non troppo lento 10:22
7 Third Movement Con moto moderato 7:16



Piano Sonata

8 First Movement Lento ma non troppo 13:07
9 Second Movement Andante ben moderato - Andante espressivo 10:22
10 Third Movement Lento - Allegro non troppo - Allegro energico - A tempo moderato 7:46



Piano Sonata No.3 in G sharp minor

11 First Movement Allegro moderato 10:50
12 Second Movement Lento moderato 8:20
13 Third Movement Lento moderato 5:58

Piano Sonata No.4 in G

14 First Movement Allegro giusto 6:38
15 Second Movement Allegretto quasi andante. Very delicate throughout 5:49
16 Third Movement Allegro 6:00

Following his highly acclaimed previous recording for the British Music Society of piano music by Patrick Piggott (BM 0430), distinguished English concert pianist Malcolm Binns has now recorded an historically important and exciting recital of six famous English piano sonatas: four by Arnold Bax, and those by John Ireland and Frank Bridge - all written during the first three decades of the twentieth century. The 2album set will be released to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary year of Malcolm Binns’ London debut recital at the Wigmore Hall.

Of particular historic interest is that for these recordings Malcolm Binns has consulted the original manuscripts of the Bax sonatas held in the British Library, and incorporated his findings in his readings, which will include two short Appendices of music from the Second Sonata which was excised before final publication. He has also used the little-known 1951 revision of the Ireland Piano Sonata for his performance - a revision which is described and discussed in an article by producer John Talbot published in the 2007 edition of the Society’s journal British Music. Included in the accompanying CD booklet is a transcript of a recent conversation about these recordings between Malcolm Binns and Lewis Foreman, whose definitive biography of Arnold Bax was republished in 2007 by the Boydell Press, in a third edition newly revised and enlarged by the author.

"Malcolm Binns is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets; his pianism and musicianship are magisterial, matched by few and surpassed by none...He penetrates their spirit and plays with eloquence and conviction..."

The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music  - 2009

"... a generous and stimulating set that no dedicated Anglophile should overlook."

Gramophone magazine - Recommended Recording

"...all six of these pieces are of greater stature than their present rating would imply, and they here receive the masterly performances on disc they have long deserved...he gives the best performance I have heard of John Ireland’s Sonata...this is an essential issue."

Musical Opinion

"...when played [Bax] with such enraptured intensity as by Malcolm Binns...the music’s ecstatic chromaticism possesses a Scriabinesque hypnotic power. Binns also tames the technical intricacies of the Ireland and Bridge sonatas to a remarkable degree..."

International Piano magazine

"... a resounding success for Malcolm Binns and a feather in the BMS cap ... the sound quality retains the high definition imperative for music of such personality."

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