Ferguson - Piano Sonata in F minor

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Ferguson - Piano Sonata in F minor



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1st Feb 2010




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Ferguson - Piano Sonata in F minor

Ferguson, H:

Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 8

Five Bagatelles, Op. 9

Discovery, Op. 13

Phillida Bannister (contralto)

Partita for Two Pianos, Op. 5b

Phillida Bannister (contralto)

Raphael Terroni (piano)



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Belfast-born Ferguson’s reputation as a composer rests on the 19 published works that he wrote between 1928 and 1959. Rhythmic energy endows his music with its exciting sense of momentum, underpinned by his command of Baroque and Classical forms and grasp of Romantic harmony and melody.

Such characteristics of ‘progressive conservatism’ may be heard in his Partita for Two Pianos, the earliest work on this disc.

Ferguson’s only song cycle, Discovery, was one of Kathleen Ferrier’s favourite works and is acknowledged as one of his finest compositions.

Howard Ferguson: Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 8

I. Lento - Allegro inquieto

II. Poco adagio

III. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto, ma non presto - Lento

Howard Ferguson: Discovery, Op. 13

I. Dreams Melting

II. The Freedom of the City

III. Babylon

IV. Jane Allen

V. Discovery

Howard Ferguson: 5 Bagatelles, Op. 9

No. 1. Allegro con fuoco

No. 2. Andantino amabile

No. 3. Allegro scherzando

No. 4. Molto moderato

No. 5. Allegretto non troppo

Howard Ferguson: Partita (version for 2 pianos), Op. 5b

I. Grave - Allegretto pesante

II. Allegro un poco agitato

III. Andante un poco mosso

IV. Allegro con spirito

Gramophone Magazine

July 2010

“[Terroni displays] both impressive technical security and gratefully rounded tone...He brings comparable eloquence and insight to the pithy and resourceful Five Bagatelles...and he lends instinctive support to contralto Phillida Bannister in the 1951 song-cycle Discovery.”

BBC Music Magazine

August 2010


“Raphael Terroni's playing is outstanding throughout, whilst Phillida Bannister's beautifully focused contralto voice and expressive artistry in Discovery are world-class...Terroni's and Peaceman's performance of the Partita does more than fair justice to the music's strength.”

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“this is a most rewarding and attractive programme, splendidly played (and sung)”

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