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Ireland: Piano Works Vol 3 / John Lenehan

Album Summary

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Green Ways
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for Piano in E minor
>Ireland, John [Composer] : The Almond Tree, for piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : On a birthday morning, for piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Soliloquy, for piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Preludes, pieces (4) for piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Pieces (2), for piano (1921)
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Spring will not wait, for piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Equinox, for piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Ballade of London Nights, for piano
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Notes & 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 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." -ClassicsToday (10/10)



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Works Details

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Green Ways :: Three Lyric Pieces, for piano
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (03/01/2007-03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sonata for Piano in E minor
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (03/01/2007-03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918-1920

>Ireland, John [Composer] : The Almond Tree, for piano
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (03/01/2007-03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Ireland, John [Composer] : On a birthday morning, for piano
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (03/01/2007-03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Soliloquy, for piano
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (03/01/2007-03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Preludes, pieces (4) for piano
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (03/01/2007-03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913-1915

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Pieces (2), for piano (1921)
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (03/01/2007-03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Spring will not wait, for piano
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (03/01/2007-03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Equinox, for piano
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (03/01/2007-03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Ballade of London Nights, for piano
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, England (03/01/2007-03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929