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David Jennings - Music for Piano

New post-Romantic piano music by David Jennings

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

James Willshire

piano

Venue:

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal



Engineer:

Neil Gowland



Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Piano


Contemporary

Total Time - 76:36
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DAVID JENNINGS

     
 

Piano Sonata, Op. 1

 
1 I I. Ballade: Molto moderato 7:35
  world premiere recording  
2 II II. Scherzo: Allegro vivacissimo 2:28
  world premiere recording  
3 III III. Romance: Adagio con tenerezza 4:57
  world premiere recording  
4 IV IV. Finale: Presto vivace 6:08
  world premiere recording  
     
 

Sonatina, Op. 2 No. 1

 
5 I I. Prelude: Allegro non troppo 1:20
  world premiere recording  
6 II II. Elegy: Andante sostenuto 1:53
  world premiere recording  
7 III III. Finale: Andante con moto 1:23
  world premiere recording  
     
 

Sonatina, Op. 2 No. 2

 
8 I I. Prelude: Allegro amabile 3:47
  world premiere recording  
9 II II. Nocturne: Adagio con tenerezza 3:40
  world premiere recording  
10 III III. Moto Perpetuo: Allegretto con moto 1:50
  world premiere recording  
     
 

Sonatina, Op. 2 No. 3

 
11 I I. Prelude: Presto ritmico 2:03
  world premiere recording  
12 II II. Romance: Andante espressivo 2:14
  world premiere recording  
13 III III. Minuet: Grazioso 1:00
  world premiere recording  
14 IV IV. Finale: Presto agitato 1:52
  world premiere recording  
     
 

Prelude and Fugue, Op. 6

 
15 I I. Prelude: Adagio con intensita 2:48
  world premiere recording  
16 II II. Fugue: A tempo moderato 2:37
  world premiere recording  
     
 

Three Lyrical Pieces, Op. 17

 
17 I No. 1 Evening Twilight: Andante tranquillo 2:56
  world premiere recording  
18 II No. 2. Cavatina: Andante tranquillo 1:43
  world premiere recording  
19 III No. 3. Waltz: Allegretto grazioso 2:15
  world premiere recording  
     
 

Miniature Suite, Op. 18

 
20 I I. Prelude: Allegro con brio 0:51
  world premiere recording  
21 II II. Air: Largo tranquillo 1:48
  world premiere recording  
22 III III. Invention: Allegro moderato 0:41
  world premiere recording  
23 IV IV. Romance: Adagio ma con moto 2:55
  world premiere recording  
24 V V. Fugue: Allegro con brio 1:29
  world premiere recording  
     
 

Harvest Moon Suite, op. 19

 
25 I I. Stags in Knole Park 2:25
  world premiere recording  
26 II II. Aira Force 1:31
  world premiere recording  
27 III III. The Haunted Abbey 1:14
  world premiere recording  
28 IV IV. Harvest Moon 4:15
  world premiere recording  
29 V V. Harlech Castle 1:12
  world premiere recording  
30 VI. VI. Innisfallen Lake 3:46
  world premiere recording  
     
 James Willshire piano


This is the first album devoted to the wonderfully expressive piano music of David Jennings, all written between 1985 and 2010. This English composer, born in 1972, has a voice which is not afraid to challenge but always within a very traditional soundscape producing modern music ideally representing the growing English new romantic and lyrical tradtion. Pianist James Willshire performs in his fine recording debut for Divine Art.
 
David Jennings was born in Sheffield, England in 1972 and was taught chiefly by John Casken. His works are in a variety of musical genres from piano miniatures to large orchestral pieces. They have been successfully performed by professionals of the highest calibre, such as members of the Northern Sinfonia. Early exposure to the works of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Moeran, Bridge and Bax helped to give his music its distinctive warm, glowing quality, further enhanced by his admiration for Gershwin and Medieval music. An appreciation for the landscape of the North of England has also left a positive mark on Jennings’s music, which aims to recreate its sense of timelessness. The composer is strongly influenced by poetry and the visual arts, particularly English Nineteenth Century watercolours, which he feels are an inspiring marriage of technique and expression. This album gathers together all Jennings’ piano music composed between 1985 and 2010 and offers his complete works for the instrument to date. This is truly wonderful music and deserving of the widest possible audience – highly accessible but at the same time extremely difficult to play.

"... The young pianist James Willshireplays all these pieces with warmth and emphasis on the melodic line. David Jenning’s music is not flashy or ostentatious, but it is melodic, open hearted, and well made."

Jack Sullivan - The Amercan Record Guide - September/October 1964


"... The sound on this disc is excellent and it contains music that most certainly deserves a wider hearing."

Maria Nockin - Fanfare - July/August 2013


                       Interpretation *****      Sound *****      Repertoire ****

 

Burkhard Schäfer - Piano News (Germany) - March/April 2013


"...The composer reveals himself to be admirable equipped in writing for the piano and James Willshire seems an ideal interpreter."
 
Jonathan Woolf - MusicWeb-International.com - 25 February 2013

 James Willshire’s performances are faultless both musically and emotionally. He does not unnecessarily interpose himself between composer and listener as so many young players tend to want to do. I can only strongly advise that you buy this disc and enjoy for yourself a new and individual voice in British piano music..."

 
Gary Higginson - MusicWeb-International.com - 10 January 2013

 "... The music is tonal and attractive ... generally in a lyrical and romantic vein. Sound quality, presentation and notes are all to be commended, resulting in a very good disc of enjoyable muic and soundinterpretation..."

Em Marshall-Luck - Albion Magazine - December 2012


"... David Jennings is a composer who is beholden to no-one in spite of a number of trajectories in his musical language. His is serious, well-structured music that I can do business with. More to the point, many of these pieces are not only impressive, but are interesting, satisfying and often moving. No listener or composer could wish for more. I love [the] Sonata. It is surely one of the best examples to have come from the pen pf a British composer for many years. This is a beautifully produced CD in every manner. The sound quality is outstanding, with each nuance of the music being clear. The programme is considerable in both scale and concept: the ’complete piano works’ lasting over 78 minutes. The interpretation of these pieces by James Willshire is everything that could be wished. This is a CD of piano music that is inspiring and challenging."

John France - MusicWeb-International.com December 2012




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