Mozart, Schubert, Schumann: Nightlight / Williams

Release Date: 9/3/2021
Catalog Number: 639
Performer: Cordelia Williams
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 79 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SOMM Recordings announces the return of pianist Cordelia Williams with Nightlight, a compelling exploration of the contrariness of night, its turmoil, terror and tenderness, and the longing for light. Inspired by Williams’ experience mothering her two infant children in the isolating dead of night while the world around her slept, Nightlight is dedicated, she says, “to the many people who... feel alone in the darkness. To those who experience despair or sublime melancholy during the hours before the dawn, who are searching for solace, peace or impossible hope. To anyone lost who is waiting to be found by the light”. Spanning four centuries, from Thomas Tomkins’ exquisitely melancholic A Sad Pavanfor these Distracted Times to jazz virtuoso Bill Evans’ hypnotic, fantasy-laced Peace Piece, the recital moves from sleep-inducing nightfall – Mozart’s D minor Fantasia, K.397 – to waking hopes for the new dawn in what Williams describes as the “shimmering hope, glory just beyond the horizon” of Schumann’s Gesänge der Frühe (Songs of Dawn).The becalmed and tempest-driven waters of the ocean in Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No.2 (Sonata-Fantasy) prove a perfect metaphor for the stilled and turbulent currents of the night. Plunging into night’s darkest, most disturbed places, the dislocations of Schubert’s late Sonata in C minor, D958, are salved by two soothingly nocturne-like Liszt Consolations. “The music recorded here,” says Williams, “sees our loneliness and darkness, recognizes and validates those unutterable feelings, and reaches out a hand of consolation.” Piano winner of the 2006 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, Cordelia Williams’ previous SOMM releases include her acclaimed coupling of Bach and Arvo Pärt (SOMMCD 0186) hailed by International Piano as “a magnificently stimulating concept, brilliantly recognized” and well-received recitals of Schubert (SOMMCD 0127) and Schumann (SOMMCD 0150).

Works on This Recording
1. Fantasia in D Minor, K. 397 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Cordelia Williams (Piano)
Written: 1782 ;
2. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 19, "Sonata-Fantasy" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Cordelia Williams (Piano)
Written: 1897 ;
3. Consolations, S172/R12, "Penseés poétiques" (2nd version) by Franz Liszt
Performer: Cordelia Williams (Piano)
Written: 1850 ;
4. Piano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Cordelia Williams (Piano)
5. A Sad Pavan for These Distracted Times by Thomas Tomkins
Performer: Cordelia Williams (Piano)
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1649 ; England
6. Peace Piece by Bill Evans
Performer: Cordelia Williams (Piano)
Written: 1958 ;
7. 5 Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Cordelia Williams (Piano)
Written: 1855 ;
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