Ian Venables (b.1955): Complete Works for Solo Piano / Graham J. Lloyd, piano

> Caprice, Op. 35 - Caprice, Op. 35
> Suite, Op. 4, "The Stourhead Follies" - I. Temple to Apollo
> Suite, Op. 4, "The Stourhead Follies" - II. Palladio's Bridge
> Suite, Op. 4, "The Stourhead Follies" - III. Pantheon
> Suite, Op. 4, "The Stourhead Follies" - IV. The Grotto
> 3 Short Pieces, Op. 5 - No. 1. Caprice
> 3 Short Pieces, Op. 5 - No. 2. Dance of the Teddy Bears
> 3 Short Pieces, Op. 5 - No. 3. Folk Tune
> Impromptu, Op. 8, "The Nightingale and the Rose" - Impromptu, Op. 8, "The Nightingale and the Rose"
> Portrait of Janis, Op. 9 - Portrait of Janis, Op. 9
> Piano Sonata, Op. 1, "In memoriam D.S.C.H." - I. Molto adagio - Allegro energico
> Piano Sonata, Op. 1, "In memoriam D.S.C.H." - II. Allegro scherzando
> Piano Sonata, Op. 1, "In memoriam D.S.C.H." - III. Molto adagio ed espressivo

Album Summary

>Venables, Ian : Caprice, for piano, Op. 35
>Venables, Ian : The Stourhead Follies, romantic impressions (4) for piano, Op. 4
>Venables, Ian : Short Pieces (3), for piano, Op. 5
>Venables, Ian : The Nightingale and The Rose, impromptu for piano, Op. 8
>Venables, Ian : Portrait of Janis, for piano, Op. 9
>Venables, Ian : Piano Sonata, Op. 1 ("In Memoriam D.S.C.H.")
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Notes & Reviews:

As a composer of art-song, Ian Venables is considered to be one of the most important writing today. The Songs of Ian Venables (8.572514), Volume 21 of Naxos' critically acclaimed English Song Series, was the first devoted to a living composer. This new recording introduces us to his music for solo piano and brings together works written between 1975 and 2001. It is Venables' singular melodic gift and highly inventive use of harmony that combine to give us works that range from the deeply reflective and wistful to those in a lighter vein, full of charm and joie de vivre.

Expedition Audio Recommended
I've listened to this CD many times and have enjoyed it more on each successive hearing. There is much beautiful music here. When it came time to select a track to feature as a sample, it wasn't easy because I have many favorites Poetic and highly evocative, the music is at turns, poignant, euphoric, wistful and whimsical. You feel as though there is a narrative behind it; a story is being told. ... read more ...

MusicWeb International, 22nd May 2013
I would commend this CD to all British music enthusiasts. It is the perfect complement to the increasing number of CDs that showcase Ian Venables' undoubted mastery of English song and chamber music.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Graham Lloyd's playing is musically and technically satisfying, and Naxos's engineering and mastering captures the piano beautifully.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (10/23/2012-10/24/2012).



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Works Details

>Venables, Ian : Caprice, for piano, Op. 35
  • Performer: Graham Lloyd (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (10/23/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Venables, Ian : The Stourhead Follies, romantic impressions (4) for piano, Op. 4
  • Performer: Graham Lloyd (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (10/23/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Venables, Ian : Short Pieces (3), for piano, Op. 5
  • Performer: Graham Lloyd (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (10/23/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Venables, Ian : The Nightingale and The Rose, impromptu for piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Graham Lloyd (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (10/23/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Venables, Ian : Portrait of Janis, for piano, Op. 9
  • Performer: Graham Lloyd (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (10/23/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Venables, Ian : Piano Sonata, Op. 1 ("In Memoriam D.S.C.H.")
  • Performer: Graham Lloyd (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouthshire, UK (10/23/2012-10/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1975