Lennox Berkeley, Arthur Benjamin: Piano Music

Lennox Berkeley, Arthur Benjamin: Piano Music

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Lennox Berkeley, Arthur Benjamin: Piano Music

Although not exactly light classics, the piano music on these two discs nevertheless comes from the more cheerful side of postwar British modernism. Lennox Berkeley has plenty of serious pieces in his oeuvre, and clearly his masterful "Piano Sonata in A major" included here is as fine an example of the genre as one could find in England at the time. Though Arthur Benjamin is best known for his pre-war "hit" "Jamaican Rumba," he was a talented pianist and his "Pastorale, Arioso and Finale" is merry, but by no means easy. Played with much enthusiasm, but somewhat less technique, by pianist Colin Horsley, Berkeley's sonata sounds imposing, while his lighter works like the "Six Preludes" and the "Four Concert Studies" sound bright and witty. In Lamar Crowson's more proficient hands, Benjamin's eight "Etudes Improvisees" come off as smart and snappy, but not at all simplistic; his "Sicilliana" as fragrantly atmospheric; and the massive "Pastorale, Arioso and Finale" as a very appealing concert piece. Recorded in monaural in 1959 and 1964, Lyrita's sound is antique, but clear and honest for its time.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2008
Label: Lyrita
UPC: 5020926210920
catalogNumber: 2109

Tracks

  1. Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 20
  2. Preludes (6) for piano, Op. 23
  3. Scherzo for piano, Op. 32/2
  4. Impromptus (3) for piano, Op. 7: No. 1 in G minor
  5. Concert Study, for piano in E flat major, Op. 48/2
  6. Concert Studies (4), Set 1, for piano, Op. 14/1: No. 2 in E minor
  7. Concert Studies (4), Set 1, for piano, Op. 14/1: No. 3 in C minor
  8. Concert Studies (4), Set 1, for piano, Op. 14/1: No. 4 in F major
  9. Pastorale, Arioso & Finale, for piano
  10. Concert Series for piano, No. 1, Scherzino
  11. Etudes Improvisees, for piano
  12. Concert Series for piano, No. 2, Siciliana

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