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Sunlight & Storms: The Piano Music of Lionel Sainsbury (b.1958) / Lionel Sainsbury, piano

Album Summary

>Sainsbury, Lionel : Five Tangos, for piano, Op. 34
>Sainsbury, Lionel : Canto Ostinato, for piano, Op. 30
>Sainsbury, Lionel : Sea Storm, for piano, Op. 24
>Sainsbury, Lionel : Two Cuban Dances, for piano, Op. 19
>Sainsbury, Lionel : Incantation, for piano, Op. 26
>Sainsbury, Lionel : Ten Moments Musicaux, for piano, Op. 31
>Sainsbury, Lionel : Meditation, for piano, Op. 28
>Unspecified : [Untitled CD-ROM]
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Notes & Reviews:

A person's life is marked by contradicting events - some peaceful and light-hearted, others tempestuous, desolate, and fearful. Sunlight And Storms, composer and pianist Lionel Sainsbury's (b. 1958, U.K.) debut solo release on Navona Records, illustrates these conditions and many more. A retrospective collection of the composer's piano works from almost 20 years of his career, this album consists of pieces ranging from tangos to toccatas, character pieces to ostinatos.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
British composer-pianist Lionel Sainsbury writes in a spicy, accessible style that has a decidedly Latin inflection. The piano works on this warmly recorded album were composed from 1991 to 2010. Both the Tangos from 2010 and Cuban Dances (which he transcribed for violin-piano and strings) are richly melodic and seductively syncopated. 'Canto Ostinato' from 2001 is described as a "Song Without Words" in a "very different style", but it too has a sensuous, rhythmic quality. 'Sea Storm' from 1991 is ostensibly a tempestuous contrast, but songfulness wins the day here as well. The Ten Moments Musicaux, an homage to Schubert, shows what Sainsbury can do with this sound in brief, concentrated strokes. The hypnotic 'Incantation', with its Eastern harmonies, is more exotic but still in Sainsbury's style. I find it the most delicious of the many delights on the album, all of which are colorfully played by the composer. Concluding the program is 'Meditation' from 2000, a liltingly syncopated work that sounds like a warm-up for the later tangos - a satisfying piece of symmetry for a highly agreeable album.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (2013-03-21&2013-04-16&2013-).



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Works Details

>Sainsbury, Lionel : Five Tangos, for piano, Op. 34
  • Performer: Lionel Sainsbury (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (2013-03-21&2013-04-16&2013-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Sainsbury, Lionel : Canto Ostinato, for piano, Op. 30
  • Performer: Lionel Sainsbury (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (2013-03-21&2013-04-16&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Sainsbury, Lionel : Sea Storm, for piano, Op. 24
  • Performer: Lionel Sainsbury (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (2013-03-21&2013-04-16&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sainsbury, Lionel : Two Cuban Dances, for piano, Op. 19
  • Performer: Lionel Sainsbury (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (2013-03-21&2013-04-16&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Sainsbury, Lionel : Incantation, for piano, Op. 26
  • Performer: Lionel Sainsbury (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (2013-03-21&2013-04-16&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Sainsbury, Lionel : Ten Moments Musicaux, for piano, Op. 31
  • Performer: Lionel Sainsbury (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (2013-03-21&2013-04-16&2013-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Sainsbury, Lionel : Meditation, for piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Lionel Sainsbury (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (2013-03-21&2013-04-16&2013-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Unspecified : [Untitled CD-ROM]
  • Period Time: Modern