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Venables: Complete Works For Solo Piano / Graham Lloyd

Venables / Lloyd
Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573156   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ian Venables
Performer:  Graham J. Lloyd
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a composer of art-song, Ian Venables is considered to be one of the most important writing today. The Songs of Ian Venables (8.572514), Volume 21 of Naxos’ critically acclaimed English Song Series, was the first devoted to a living composer. This new recording introduces us to his music for solo piano and brings together works written between 1975 and 2001. It is Venables’ singular melodic gift and highly inventive use of harmony that combine to give us works that range from the deeply reflective and wistful to those in a lighter vein, full of charm and joie de vivre. As a composer of art-song, Ian Venables is considered to be one of the most important writing today. The Songs of Ian Venables (8.572514), Volume 21 of Naxos’ critically acclaimed English Song Series, was the first devoted to a living composer. This new recording introduces us to his music for solo piano and brings together works written between 1975 and 2001. It is Venables’ singular melodic gift and highly inventive use of harmony that combine to give us works that range from the deeply reflective and wistful to those in a lighter vein, full of charm and joie de vivre. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Caprice for Piano, Op. 35 by Ian Venables
Performer:  Graham J. Lloyd (Piano)
Written: 2001 
2. Suite for Piano, Op. 4 "The Stourhead Follies" by Ian Venables
Performer:  Graham J. Lloyd (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
3. Short Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 5 by Ian Venables
Performer:  Graham J. Lloyd (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986 
4. Impromptu for Piano, Op. 8 "The Nightingale and the Rose" by Ian Venables
Performer:  Graham J. Lloyd (Piano)
5. Portrait of Janis, Op. 9 by Ian Venables
Performer:  Graham J. Lloyd (Piano)
Written: 2000 
6. Sonata for Piano, Op. 1 "In memoriam D.S.C.H." by Ian Venables
Performer:  Graham J. Lloyd (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975 

Sound Samples

Caprice, Op. 35
Suite, Op. 4, "The Stourhead Follies": I. Temple to Apollo
Suite, Op. 4, "The Stourhead Follies": II. Palladio's Bridge
Suite, Op. 4, "The Stourhead Follies": III. Pantheon
Suite, Op. 4, "The Stourhead Follies": IV. The Grotto
3 Short Pieces, Op. 5: No. 1. Caprice
3 Short Pieces, Op. 5: No. 2. Dance of the Teddy Bears
3 Short Pieces, Op. 5: No. 3. Folk Tune
Impromptu, Op. 8, "The Nightingale and the Rose"
Portrait of Janis, Op. 9
Piano Sonata, Op. 1, "In memoriam D.S.C.H.": I. Molto adagio - Allegro energico
Piano Sonata, Op. 1, "In memoriam D.S.C.H.": II. Allegro scherzando
Piano Sonata, Op. 1, "In memoriam D.S.C.H.": III. Molto adagio ed espressivo

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