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Wydawnictwo: Rubicon
Nr katalogowy: RCD 1068
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: październik 2021
EAN: 5065002149671
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Epoka muzyczna: współczesna, romantyzm
Obszar (język): angielski, niemiecki
Instrumenty: fortepian
Rodzaj: sonata, wariacje, suita

Bridge / Britten / Berg: Threnodies

Rubicon - RCD 1068
Alexander Soares, piano
Frank Bridge:
Piano Sonata, H.160

Benjamin Britten:

Alban Berg:
Piano Sonata, Op. 1

Maurice Ravel:
Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68
The extreme social trauma that followed The Great War of 1914 18 engulfed Europe. In this context, English composer Frank Bridge is an intriguing figure: his musical language transformed to embrace a radically new harmonic style. Consequently, his popularity waned and it was not until the end of the century that his importance as a leading modernist was appreciated. The programme of this album seeks to illuminate the position of Bridge’s monumental Piano Sonata, by setting it alongside works by the composers who influenced it – Berg and Ravel – and his most famous pupil, Britten. Both the sonata and each movement of Ravel’s suite were dedicated to those who fell in the war. Whilst the repertoire on this disc conveys strikingly varied tones, the title, threnodies – a song of lamentation – reflects the essence of these memorials.

Alexander Soares’ debut album Notations & Sketches (RCD1016) , a recital of works by Boulez, Messiaen and Dutilleux was a Gramophone Magazine editor’s choice ‘Although most of these pieces have been collated on various anthologies of French piano music, few of them can match this new release in its balanced conception or consistency of execution…Soares has their measure in abundance, resulting in what could hardly be a more auspicious debut album’

Alexander’s new album is another thought provoking recital, placing Frank Bridge in the mainstream of 20th century music where he rightly belongs.

Recording: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouthshire, 15–17 December 2020. Piano: Steinway Model D.

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