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William Alwyn: Piano Music, Vol. 2—Twelve Preludes; Contes Barbares; Movements

 
 
Artist
Ashley Wass, piano.
Label Naxos
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 72'21/2008
UPC 747313046478
Daedalus Item Code 57697
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Described by Gramophone as "a thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold," Ashley Wass was a prizewinner at the Leeds Piano Competition, the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. He performs British composer William Alwyn's searching and compact Twelve Preludes (1958); the Contes barbares (1930–33), inspired by paintings and woodblocks of Paul Gaugiun; the gripping and challenging 1961 Movements (dedicated to his wife, composer Doreen Carwithen); and more. A distinguished composer of film scores and operas, Alwyn wrote piano music that combines the virtuosity of Franz Liszt with the moody impressionism of Claude Debussy.

"[Wass's] exquisite keyboard finesse and abundant musicality give heaps of pleasure…. Both Hunter's Moon (comprising three miniatures from 1932) and the Two Irish Pieces (1926) contain more than their fair share of winsome invention, while the reflective Cinderella and Water Lilies … form a particularly fetching diptych. Wass gives outstandingly sympathetic performances throughout and he has been granted eminently ripe and realistic sound."—Gramophone

 
 
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