Alwyn - Piano Music Volume 2

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Alwyn - Piano Music Volume 2



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Release date:

1st Sept 2008




71 minutes


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Alwyn - Piano Music Volume 2


Twelve Preludes

World Première Recording

Hunter’s Moon

World Première Recording

Two Irish Pieces

World Première Recording

Contes Barbares (Homage to Paul Gauguin)

World Première Recording


World Première Recording

Water Lilies

World Première Recording

Night Thoughts

Movements for Piano

Ashley Wass (piano)



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Alwyn’s approach to writing for the piano was essentially that of a romantic, born out of the tradition exemplified by Liszt and Rachmaninov, through to the impressionism inherent in the music of Debussy and Ravel. Influences aside, however, Alwyn found his own individual way in writing for the piano, as can be heard from the works presented here.

His intuitive writing for the instrument resulted not just in virtuoso pieces for the concert hall, but also sensitive miniatures of a highly expressive nature, along with many educational pieces for examination purposes.

As with the previous volume of piano music (8570359) examples of all these will be found on this recording.

William Alwyn: 12 Preludes

No. 1 in E flat major

No. 2 in A major

No. 3 in A major

No. 4 in F major

No. 5 in D major

No. 6 in G and F sharp major

No. 7 in B major

No. 8 in E flat major

No. 9 in C major

No. 10 in D major

No. 11 in D flat major

No. 12 in D major

William Alwyn: Hunter's Moon

No. 1. Midsummer Magic

No. 2. The Darkening Wood

No. 3. Ride by Night

William Alwyn: 2 Irish Pieces

No. 1. From the Countryside

No. 2. Paddy the Fiddler

William Alwyn: Contes Barbares (Homage to Paul Gaugin)

No. 1. Auti te pape (Woman at the River)

No. 2. Le Vivo (Danse Tahitienne)

No. 3. Manao Tupapau (She Dreams of Returning)

No. 4. Dance Fragment

No. 5. Nevermore

No. 6. Te Atua (The Gods)

No. 7. Mahna No Varua Ino (The Devil Speaks)

William Alwyn: Cinderella


William Alwyn: Water Lilies

Water Lilies

William Alwyn: Night Thoughts

Night Thoughts

William Alwyn: Movements

I. Allegro appassionato - Allegro ma non troppo

II. Evocation: Andante rubato

III. The Devil's Reel: Allegro ritmico

BBC Music Magazine

October 2008


“Ashley Wass's superb sound, as powerful as it is focused and beautiful, suits the music to near-perfection.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2008

“Wass gives outstandingly sympathetic performances throughout and he has been granted eminently ripe and realistic sound. All in all, a most enjoyable CD.”

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