Saturday, 9 February 2008

Greville Cooke: High Marley Rest

This recording of vicar/composer Greville Cooke's High Marley Rest tone poem for piano is one of the ‘minor musts’ for all enthusiasts of English music. For years I have been hoping that someone will record either this work or Reef’s End or Cormorant Crag

Phillip Sear has done the honours and presents a fine performance of this beguiling miniature. On first hearing High Marley Rest has a simplicity that is quite engaging. However, a little more study reveals considerable pianism – intricate arabesques and subtle changes of mood and expression.

Phillip tells me that there is more British piano music in his ‘pipeline’ for YouTube.
Sounds great!

High Marley Rest on YouTube

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