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William Alwyn: Piano Music Vol 2 / Ashley Wass


Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570464   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  William Alwyn
Performer:  Ashley Wass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ALWYN Preludes. Hunter’s Moon. 2 Irish Pieces. Homage to Paul Gauguin. Cinderella. Water Lilies. Night Thoughts. Movements Ashley Wass (pn) NAXOS 8.570464 (72:21)


In Fanfare 31:6 I reviewed the first volume of piano music of William Alwyn, and now Naxos has given us a second. Alwyn was an English composer who lived from 1905 to 1985. My reactions to this disc are just as enthusiastic and positive as they were for its Read more predecessor. Seriously interested readers can seek out that first review, and I’ll save precious space here by simply reiterating that Alwyn’s piano music is absorbing, varied, colorful, and inspired. Ashley Wass plays these pieces as if he’s lived with them for years, whether or not that is actually the case. Anyone who responds to the piano music of Debussy, Ravel, Grieg, Fauré or Prokofiev is likely to respond to Alwyn. Much gratitude to Naxos for this second volume.


FANFARE: Henry Fogel
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Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (12) for Piano by William Alwyn
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Hunter's Moon by William Alwyn
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Irish Pieces (2) for Piano by William Alwyn
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Night Thoughts by William Alwyn
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Movements (3) for Piano by William Alwyn
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
Contes Barbares "Homage to Paul Gaugin" by William Alwyn
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
7.
Cinderella by William Alwyn
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
8.
Water Lilies by William Alwyn
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

12 Preludes: No. 1 in E flat major
12 Preludes: No. 2 in A major
12 Preludes: No. 3 in A major
12 Preludes: No. 4 in F major
12 Preludes: No. 5 in D major
12 Preludes: No. 6 in G and F sharp major
12 Preludes: No. 7 in B major
12 Preludes: No. 8 in E flat major
12 Preludes: No. 9 in C major
12 Preludes: No. 10 in D major
12 Preludes: No. 11 in D flat major
12 Preludes: No. 12 in D major
Hunter's Moon: No. 1. Midsummer Magic
Hunter's Moon: No. 2. The Darkening Wood
2 Irish Pieces: No. 1. From the Countryside
2 Irish Pieces: No. 2. Paddy the Fiddler
Contes Barbares (Homage to Paul Gaugin): No. 1. Auti te pape (Woman at the River)
Contes Barbares (Homage to Paul Gaugin): No. 2. Le Vivo (Danse Tahitienne)
Contes Barbares (Homage to Paul Gaugin): No. 3. Manao Tupapau (She Dreams of Returning)
Contes Barbares (Homage to Paul Gaugin): No. 5. Nevermore
Contes Barbares (Homage to Paul Gaugin): No. 6. Te Atua (The Gods)
Contes Barbares (Homage to Paul Gaugin): No. 7. Mahna No Varua Ino (The Devil Speaks)
Cinderella
Water Lilies
Night Thoughts
Movements: I. Allegro appassionato - Allegro ma non troppo
Movements: II. Evocation: Andante rubato
Movements: III. The Devil's Reel: Allegro ritmico

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