Gregson, Edward - Complete Piano Works (CD)

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Murray McLachlan (piano)

With Edward Gregson and Rose McLachlan

Complete Piano Works, including

  • An Album for My Friends
  • Piano Sonata
  • Six Little Pieces

World premiere recordings

CD released by Naxos, 28 August 2020

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Edward Gregson is best known for his dazzling orchestral works and music for brass and wind bands, but this recording of his complete piano works to date reminds us of his equally impressive catalogue of works for soloists and chamber ensembles. Gregson shows us a more intimate side in his piano music. From the Lullaby composed while a student, to the Tippett-inspired Piano Sonata, we are charmed, moved and thrilled in equal measure by this programme of his complete music for solo piano. This recording marks the debut of distinguished pianist Murray McLachlan on Naxos.

TRACKLIST

An Album for my Friends
1.      No. 1. Paul's Prelude | 00:01:48
2.      No. 2. Adam's Allemande | 00:01:10
3.      No. 3. Clare's Courante | 00:01:57
4.      No. 4. Stefan's Sarabande | 00:02:00
5.      No. 5. Gaynor's Gavotte | 00:01:27
6.      No. 6. Brian's Bourrée | 00:00:38
7.      No. 7. Bethan's Bourrée | 00:00:55
8.      No. 6. Brian's Bourrée | (repeat) 00:00:43
9.      No. 8. Maggie's Minuet | 00:02:42
10.    No. 9. Gavin's Gigue | 00:01:35
11.    No. 10. Phil's Postlude | 00:02:01

3 Piano Études
12.    No. 1. Fast and rhythmic | 00:02:00
13.    No. 2. Not too slow, gently | 00:03:08
14.    No. 3. Fast, with energy | 00:01:59

Lullaby
15.    Lullaby | 00:02:58

A Song for Sue (performed by Edward Gregson)
16.    A Song for Sue | 00:03:57

4 Pictures for Piano Duet (with Rose McLachlan)
17.    No. 1. Quite fast, but majestic | 00:01:03
18.    No. 2. Quite slow and thoughtful | 00:01:12
19.    No. 3. Lively | 00:01:11
20.    No. 4. Quite slow and sad | 00:02:14

6 Little Piano Pieces (1993 revised version)
21.    No. 1. Quite slow and precisely (eighth note = 88) | 00:01:26
22.    No. 2. Fast and playful (dotted quarter note = 88) | 00:00:46
23.    No. 3. Flowing (eighth note = 100) | 00:01:24
24.    No. 4. Not too fast (quarter note = 100) | 00:01:23
25.    No. 5. Gently and with expression (quarter note = 112) | 00:02:04
26.    No. 6. With energy (quarter note = 112) | 00:02:08

Friday a.m.
27.    Friday a.m. | 00:06:23

Piano Sonata in one movement
28.    Tempo 1: Very slow and thoughtful - Tempo 2: Strident - Tempo 3: Dance - like, with excitement - Tempo 4: Slow and sombre | 00:04:45
29.    Tempi 1 - 3 - Tempo 5: Slow and stately - Tempo 6: Lively and energetically | 00:07:54
30.    Tempi 1 - 5 | 00:06:18

Total Playing Time: 01:11:09

REVIEWS

David Denton - David's Review Corner, August 2020

Though Edward Gregson’s orchestral music is no stranger in the programmes of international concert halls, we rarely find his brief output of solo piano works.

This is highlighted when we have them all on this one disc of World Premiere Recordings, the eight works being his entire output for the solo keyboard. Born in 1945, he was a piano and composition pupil of Alan Bush, and early in his life he became interested in music for brass instruments leading to a strong association with brass bands. That, linked with a series of concertos for various instruments, and a major career in education, has shared his time with writing television and film music. For the piano his earliest works—Lullaby and A Song for Sue—come from his young twenties and are in the style of salon music. There was then a long gap of fifteen years before Friday a.m., a piece of jazz doodling. There followed the Four Pictures and Six Little Pieces, all cameos to bring pleasure to the listener. In 1983 we find his most extended score, the Piano Sonata dedicated to Sir Michael Tippett. That took him on a lone journey into the era of the Second Viennese School. Now the present century sees a return to miniatures with An Album for my Friends and Three Etudes. Bench-mark performances from the much travelled British pianist, Murray McLachlan, with Gregson acting as the producer for the recording and also playing A Song for Sue, dedicated to his wife.

© 2020 David’s Review Corner

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