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Howard Ferguson: Piano Sonata In F Minor

Album Summary

>Ferguson, Howard : Sonata for piano in F minor, Op. 8
>Ferguson, Howard : Discovery for voice & piano, Op 13
>Ferguson, Howard : Five Bagatelles for piano, Op 9
>Ferguson, Howard : Partita for 2 pianos, Op 5b
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Notes & Reviews:

Belfast-born Ferguson's reputation as a composer rests on the nineteen published works that he wrote between 1928 and 1959. Rhythmic energy endows his music with its exciting sense of momentum, underpinned by his command of Baroque and Classical forms and grasp of Romantic harmony and melody. Such characteristics of "progressive conservatism" may be heard in his 'Partita for Two Pianos', the earliest work on this disc. Ferguson's only song cycle, 'Discovery', was one of Kathleen Ferrier's favourite works and is acknowledged as one of his finest compositions.

"The published works of Ulster's Howard Ferguson number only 19; from 1959, aged 51, he had said all he wanted to say and apparently stopped writing altogether. The music itself, too, is the work of a composer who understood that less is more. The Piano Sonata, composed in response to the death of his mentor, the pianist Harold Samuel, is a substantial three-movement statement - tautly and superbly written, not at all limited by its fairly conservative not-quite-Prokofiev idiom, and conveying real depth of feeling. The song-cycle Discovery impresses even more: its five Denton Welch settings need less than eight minutes to create a complete emotional world of Britten-like precision and memorability... Raphael Terroni's playing is outstanding throughout, while Phillida Bannister's beautifully focused contralto voice and expressive artistry in Discovery are world-class. Playing Baroque dotted rhythms accurately together on two pianos is near-impossible; that apart, Terroni's and Peaceman's performance of the Partita does more than fair justice to the music's strength. - BBC Music Magazine

"[Terroni displays] both impressive technical security and gratefully rounded tone...He brings comparable eloquence and insight to the pithy and resourceful Five Bagatelles...and he lends instinctive support to contralto Phillida Bannister in the 1951 song-cycle Discovery." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth England (06/17/2009-06/18/2009).



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>Ferguson, Howard : Sonata for piano in F minor, Op. 8
  • Performer: Raphael Terroni (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth England (06/17/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ferguson, Howard : Discovery for voice & piano, Op 13
  • Performer: Raphael Terroni (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth England (06/17/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Ferguson, Howard : Five Bagatelles for piano, Op 9
  • Performer: Raphael Terroni (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth England (06/17/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ferguson, Howard : Partita for 2 pianos, Op 5b
  • Performers: Vadim Peaceman (Piano); Raphael Terroni (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth England (06/17/2009-06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern