Kenneth Lieghton: Piano Works

> Piano Sonata, Op. 64 - I. Lento e chiaro
> Piano Sonata, Op. 64 - II. Chorale with contrasts: Adagio molto e sostenuto
> Piano Sonata, Op. 64 - III. Toccatas and Chorale: Presto precipitoso
> Preludes - Prelude in D minor
> Preludes - Prelude in D major
> Preludes - Prelude in E flat minor
> Preludes - Prelude in C major
> Preludes - Prelude in C minor
> Winter Scenes - I. Landscape
> Winter Scenes - II. The Wind
> Winter Scenes - III. Mist
> Winter Scenes - IV. Woodsprites
> Winter Scenes - V. By the Fireside
> Winter Scenes - VI. Snowflakes
> Winter Scenes - VII. Carol
> Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 27 - I. Andante, ma un poco liberamente
> Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 27 - II. Lento sostenuto
> Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 27 - III. Intermezzo
> Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 27 - IV. Presto, molto ritmico

Album Summary

>Leighton, Kenneth : Sonata for piano, Op 64
>Leighton, Kenneth : Preludes for piano
>Leighton, Kenneth : Winter Scene, suite for piano
>Leighton, Kenneth : Piano Sonata, no 3, Op. 27/3
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Kenneth Leighton was a superb English composer whose music is slowly but surely gaining the international recognition it deserves...This new Chandos presents Fingerhut in superb performances of the two first recordings of unpublished works, Winter Scenes and Sonata 3, both written in the early 1950's...The earlier recordings...of the Opus 64 Sonata and Preludes are excellent, but Margaret Fingerhut is just as good if not better, and Chandos's sound an ideal balance of weight, burnished tone, and clarity. This is piano music in the grand tradition; it stands proudly with the acknowledged masterpieces of the past three centuries."-American Record Guide

Gramophone Magazine
The composer-pianist's understanding of his own instrument is...evident in every measure of Margaret Fingerhut's absorbing solo recital, which launches in imposing fashion with the Sonata that Leighton wrote for Peter Wallfisch... Fingerhut plays with consummate skill and thrilling conviction

BBC Music Magazine
Margaret Fingerhut's strong and immaculate performances recall Leighton's own powerful style as a pianist almost exactly, and the recordings reveal his fine ear for keyboard resonance.

International Record Review
Fingerhut is an insightful, sensitive advocate of [Leighton's] music, whether measured in the form of the two rhythmically gritty Sonatas...or the more temperamental Winter Scenes...This disc is a valuable resource, perceptively filling in gaps in the Leighton oeuvre and demonstrating playing of verve and intelligence

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (10/27/2009-10/28/2009).



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Works Details

>Leighton, Kenneth : Sonata for piano, Op 64
  • Performer: Margaret Fingerhut (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (10/27/2009-10/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Leighton, Kenneth : Preludes for piano
  • Performer: Margaret Fingerhut (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (10/27/2009-10/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Leighton, Kenneth : Winter Scene, suite for piano
  • Performer: Margaret Fingerhut (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (10/27/2009-10/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Leighton, Kenneth : Piano Sonata, no 3, Op. 27/3
  • Performer: Margaret Fingerhut (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (10/27/2009-10/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954