Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Moeran & Jacob Piano Music played by Iris Loveridge

Ernest John MOERAN (1894-1950)Irish Love Song (1926) Theme and Variations (1926) On a May Morning (1921) Three Fancies (Windmills; Elegy; Burlesque) (1922) Summer Valley (1925) Three Piano Pieces (The Lake Island; Autumn Woods; At the Horse Fair) (1919) Gordon JACOB Piano Sonata (1957)

Rob Barnett has an excellent review on MusicWeb International of the recent Lyrita release of these long forgotten recordings. Rob notes that “this is the second resurrection from the mono shelf in Lyrita’s vault; the first being last month’s Alan Rowlands monos of Ireland’s piano music.”

He continues with brief comments on each of the works presented and their interpretation by Iris Loveridge. For example he notes that “On a May Morning - now there's a title that 'belongs' to John Ireland - is a lissom inspiration yet Loveridge lavishes such wonderful attention on its rhythmic invention.” Interestingly he points out that “Loveridge made something of a speciality of the Moeran Rhapsody No. 3 for piano and orchestra. Such a pity that no recording of her broadcasts seems to be accessible.” I agree.

I have this CD to review and will start on it after I have investigated Leroy Anderson, William Alywn and Egon Wellesz. In fact ,I have a soft spot for Gordon Jacob’s Piano Sonata. Not only is this the only recording of this work that I know of, but many years ago I found Iris’s copy of the sheet music for this work in a second hand bookshop. I bought the original vinyl in Banks Music in York and now look forward to investigating this fine CD.

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