Ireland - Piano Works Volume 1

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Ireland - Piano Works Volume 1



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Ireland - Piano Works Volume 1


In Those Days


Prelude in E flat major

London Pieces



John Lenehan (piano)



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John Ireland: In those days

I. Daydream

II. Meridian

John Ireland: Sarnia

I. Le Catioroc

II. In a May Morning

III. Song of the Spring Tides

John Ireland: Prelude in E flat major

Prelude in E flat major

John Ireland: London Pieces

I. Chelsea Reach

II. Ragamuffin

III. Soho Forenoons

IV. Month's Mind

John Ireland: Ballade


John Ireland: Columbine


Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“The pleasures here are many. John Lenehan is a very accomplished performer: not only is his technical address impeccable, but he also has a strikingly wide dynamic range and sophisticated variety of tone colour, both of which he uses to poetic effect throughout. That Lenehan has a real affinity for Ireland's muse is immediately evident from his raptly intimate delivery of the gentle opening diptych, In Those Days. Similarly, in the extraordinarily imaginative, harmonically questing Ballade of 1929 he rises superbly to the elemental fury of the remarkable central portion, with its brooding echoes of the 'Northern' Bax from the same period. Elsewhere, Columbine is a treat, as is the ravishing Month'sMind and the haunting Prelude in E flat. Lenehan's supremely affectionate and articulate advocacy will surely win Ireland many friends.
On Volume 2 there's a strong feeling of how purely local influences (Pangbourne and the Thames Valley in The towing-path, Le Fauvic beach, Jersey in 'The Island Spell', to take two examples) are transcended to become statements of wider poetic import.
The large-scale Rhapsody, with its powerful Fauréan overtones, is relished by Lenehan, a strong, sympathetic interpreter, and time and again he makes you wonder at works aptly described as 'some of the most appealing English piano music written this century, too long neglected.'”

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