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Ireland: Piano Works Vol 3 / John Lenehan


Release Date: 07/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570461   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


2008 brings us the long-anticipated sequel to 1999's second volume in Naxos' John Ireland piano music cycle. Since he began this project in 1995, pianist John Lenehan has grown more responsive to Ireland's impressionistic yet skillfully contrapuntal idiom, noticeably expanding his palette of nuances, colors, and articulations. Note, for example, how he focuses on On A Birthday Morning's emphatic melodic lilt and treats the thick chordal accompaniment as smooth, supportive padding. The Debussy-like passages throughout The Almond Trees and Amberly Wild Brooks (the second of the Two Pieces) are firmly etched and defined yet never at the expense of the long line, and that also applies to Lenehan's
Read more thoughtful animation of Equinox's swirling textures. As for the Piano Sonata, I waver between Lenehan and Eric Parkin. I admire Lenehan's ardent sweep and more generous pedaling in the outer movement's climaxes, yet gravitate toward Parkin's more luminous lyricism and superior legato touch in the slow movement. But that's splitting hairs. Besides, you can't disparage Naxos' price tag and first-class engineering, along with Lenehan's committed artistry. In all, a lovely release, warmly recommended.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Greenways by John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 23 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano in E minor by John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Almond Tree by John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
On a Birthday Morning by John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Soliloquy by John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Preludes (4) for Piano by John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1915; England 
Length: 10 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Pieces (2) for Piano by John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
8.
Equinox by John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
Ballade of London Nights by John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1930; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
10.
We'll to the woods no more: Spring will not wait by John Ireland
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata: II. Non troppo lento
Piano Sonata: III. Con moto moderato
Soliloquy
Preludes: No. 1. The Undertone
Preludes: No. 2. Obsession
Preludes: No. 3. The Holy Boy
Preludes: No. 4. Fire of Spring
The Almond Tree
On a Birthday Morning
Green Ways: I. The Cherry Tree
Green Ways: II. Cypress
Green Ways: III. The Palm and May
For Remembrance
Amberley Wild Brooks
Equinox
We'll to the Woods No More: III. Spring will not wait
The Ballade of London Nights

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