Ashley Wass

Biography

Born: 1977; Lincolnshire, England  
Though he possesses a vast and varied repertory, virtuoso pianist Ashley Wass has been most closely associated with the keyboard outputs of Arnold Bax, William Alwyn, Frank Bridge, and Edward Elgar, four English composers not usually associated with piano music. Wass has recorded more than a half-dozen discs devoted to Bax, including sonatas for violin and piano, as well as music for two pianos, and he has made three discs of Bridge works, taking Read more in both solo pieces and music for piano trio. But Wass is not necessarily partial to music by his countrymen; he's only performed one English concerto, the Britten. Moreover, he plays an array works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Franck, André Messager, and many others. Wass regularly performs chamber music in a group he founded, the Denali Trio. Since the late '90s he has amassed a substantial recorded output of more than 20 albums, mostly available on Naxos, with scattered efforts on EMI, Hyperion, and Kultur Video.

Ashley Wass was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1977. He began playing the piano at five, and studied music at Chethams Music School from age 11. In his teens he studied on scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers included Christopher Elton and Hamish Milne. Wass later studied with Murray Perahia.

Wass' watershed moment came in 1997 when he won the World Piano Competition in London, a victory that led to a recording contract with Naxos, making him the first solo artist to obtain an exclusive deal with the label. His first recording was a highly praised CD of César Franck piano music, released in 1999. Wass has since made more than a dozen recordings for Naxos, with more to follow.

In 2002 Wass gave what was probably his most high-profile performance when he appeared in a Buckingham Palace gala concert to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee, an event broadcast to millions of viewers. The following year Wass founded the Denali Trio, serving as pianist in the group, with violinist Jesse Mills and cellist Sarah Carter. In 2004 Naxos released the first of Wass' discs devoted to the music of Bax, a CD containing Sonatas No. 1 and No. 2 and other works. That same year Wass and the Denali Trio launched their debut tour of Great Britain, achieving consistent critical acclaim. Wass' later recordings include the Bax Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra and Concertante for Left Hand. Read less
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Biography

Born: 1977; Lincolnshire, England  
Though he possesses a vast and varied repertory, virtuoso pianist Ashley Wass has been most closely associated with the keyboard outputs of Arnold Bax, William Alwyn, Frank Bridge, and Edward Elgar, four English composers not usually associated with piano music. Wass has recorded more than a half-dozen discs devoted to Bax, including sonatas for violin and piano, as well as music for two pianos, and he has made three discs of Bridge works, taking Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Evocatio: Lento espressivo
II. Apparitio: Ectoplasmic - Cadenza
III. Saltatio: Prestissimo volando
I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country: Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scene by the Brook: Andante molto mosso
III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Allegro
IV. Thunderstorm: Allegro
V. Shepherd's Song: Happy and Thankful Feelings after the Storm: Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Lento, molto espressivo
III. Molto moderato - Allegro molto -
III. Epilogue: Molto cantabile
I. Senza lentezza quasi allegretto
II. Vivamente
III. Fantaisie sur une valse de F. Schubert: Molto agitato ed appassionato
I. Andantino
II. Allegro
I. Toccata: Allegro moderato -
II. Romanza: Lento
III. Fuga chromatica con finale alla tedesca: Allegro - Lento - Largo sostenuto - Andante sostenuto -
IV. Finale
Part I: Theme: Lento espressivo -
Part I: Variation 1, "Youth": Allegro: Restless and tumultuous -
Part I: Variation 2, "Nocturne": Slow and serene, Broadly -
Part I: Variation 3, "Strife": Allegro vivace
Part II: Variation 4, "The Temple": Slow and solemn -
Part II: Variation 5, "Play": Scherzo: Allegretto vivace - Intermezzo, "Enchantment": Very moderate tempo -
Part II: Variation 6, "Triumph": Moderate tempo: Glowing and passionate
I. Allegro moderato
II. Moderato tranquillo
III. Rondo: Allegro moderato
No. 1 in E flat major
No. 2 in A major
No. 3 in A major
No. 4 in F major
No. 5 in D major
No. 6 in G and F sharp major
No. 7 in B major
No. 8 in E flat major
No. 9 in C major
No. 10 in D major
No. 11 in D flat major
No. 12 in D major
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Maestoso - Allegro ritmico e jubilante
II. Andante con moto e semplice
III. Molto vivace
Prelude
Fugue
I. The Tinker's Tune
II. The Village Band
III. Harvest Moon
IV. The Church Bells Ring
I. Sunday Morning
II. Snowdrop
III. Twilight
IV. Happy-Go-Lucky
I. The Lost Lamb
II. April Shower
III. Bluebells
IV. Violets
No. 1. Tempo rubato e capriccioso
No. 2. Scherzando
No. 3. Moderato
No. 4. Grazioso
No. 5. Lento
No. 6. Allegro giocoso
No. 7. Lento
No. 8. Vivace, ma ritmico
No. 9. Lento e lugubre
No. 10. In tempo piacevole
No. 11. Presto
I. Slow and gloomy
II. The Grey Dancer in the Twilight
III. Very broad and concentrated
IV. Allegro feroce
I. Molto moderato
II. Allegro
I. Molto moderato (quasi andante) - Allegretto scherzando (ma non troppo presto)
II. Lento espressivo
III. Vivace e feroce (ma non troppo presto)
I. Moderato tempo
II. Allegro vivace - poco piu lento
III. Moderato tempo - Smooth and Serene
II. Slow and Sombre (original movement)
III. Allegro molto vivace (original movement)
I. Moderato
II. Allegro molto
I. Andantino
II. Allegro
I. Andantino
II. Allegretto piacevole
Theme
Var. 1: C. A. E. (The Composer's Wife)
Var. 2: H. D. S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell)
Var. 3: R. B. T. (Richard Baxter Townshend)
Var. 4: W. M. B. (William Meath Baker)
Var. 5: R. P. A. (Richard Penrose Arnold)
Var. 6: Ysobel (Isabel Fitton)
Var. 7: Troyte (Troyte Griffith)
Var. 8: W. N. (Winifred Norbury)
Var. 9: Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger)
Var. 10: Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny)
Var. 11: G. R. S. (George Robertson Sinclair)
Var. 12: B. G. N. (Basil G. Nevinson)
Var. 13: Romanza: *** (Lady Mary Lygon)
Var. 14: Finale: E. D. U. (The Composer)
No. 1. Columbine: Poco lento ? Tempo di Valse
No. 2. Minuet: Tempo di Minuetto
No. 3. Romance: Andante molto moderato
No. 1. Solitude: Poco adagio e molto espressivo
No. 2. Ecstasy: Lento e sostenuto ? Allegro con moto
No. 3. Sunset: Adagio e sostenuto