The Piano Music of Frank Bridge, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This disc of piano music by Frank Bridge will probably confirm, confound, and contradict everything most listeners think they know about English music from Elgar to Britten. The first in a projected complete edition by pianist Mark Bebbington, this disc of Bridge's piano music is all over the late Romantic, early Impressionist, quasi Expressionist European map -- so much so that one may at times reasonably doubt the works are all by one composer from one country. Sometimes, as in the "Three Sketches," Bridge is a scented sentimentalist with a seductive manner of blending theme, harmony, and form. Sometimes, as in the "Vignettes de Marseille," Bridge is a shimmering ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This disc of piano music by Frank Bridge will probably confirm, confound, and contradict everything most listeners think they know about English music from Elgar to Britten. The first in a projected complete edition by pianist Mark Bebbington, this disc of Bridge's piano music is all over the late Romantic, early Impressionist, quasi Expressionist European map -- so much so that one may at times reasonably doubt the works are all by one composer from one country. Sometimes, as in the "Three Sketches," Bridge is a scented sentimentalist with a seductive manner of blending theme, harmony, and form. Sometimes, as in the "Vignettes de Marseille," Bridge is a shimmering colorist with an evocative tone and an atmospheric use of sonorities. And sometimes, as in the three-movement sonata, Bridge is a fearsome atonalist with anguished themes, agonized harmonies, and forms as tightly wrapped as an iron maiden. Throughout every change in style, Bebbington is with Bridge, articulating each evolution with a subtle tone and a superb technique plus emotional honesty and intellectual integrity. Almost alone among English composers of his generation in cultivating the piano, Bridge deserves credit where credit is due, and anyone interested in English music from Elgar to Britten will enjoy this recording. Somm's digital sound is a bit distant and a tad clattery in fuller passages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2006
  • Label: Somm Recordings
  • UPC: 748871305625
  • Catalog Number: 56
  • Sales rank: 257,367

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Capriccio for piano No. 1 - Frank Bridge & Mark Bebbington (2:40)
  2. 2–4 Sketches (3) for piano - Frank Bridge & Mark Bebbington (8:24)
  3. 3 Capriccio for piano No. 2 - Frank Bridge & Mark Bebbington (4:52)
  4. 6–8 Hour Glass - Frank Bridge & Mark Bebbington (13:46)
  5. 9–12 Vignettes de Marseille, for piano - Frank Bridge & Mark Bebbington (12:37)
  6. 13–15 Piano Sonata - Frank Bridge & Mark Bebbington (34:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Bebbington Primary Artist
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