David Jennings: Music for Piano - Piano Sonata; 3 Sonatinas; 3 Lyrical Pieces; Miniature Suite / James Willshire, piano

Album Summary

>Jennings, David : Piano Sonata, Op. 1
>Jennings, David : Piano Sonatina no 1, Op. 2/1
>Jennings, David : Piano Sonatina no 2, Op. 2/2
>Jennings, David : Piano Sonatina no 3, Op. 2/3
>Jennings, David : Prelude and Fugue for piano, Op. 6
>Jennings, David : Lyrical Pieces (3), for piano, Op. 17
>Jennings, David : Miniature Suite, for piano, Op. 18
>Jennings, David : Harvest Moon Suite, for piano, Op. 19
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jennings was born in Sheffield, England in 1972 and was taught chiefly by Casken. His works are in a variety of musical genres from piano miniatures to large orchestral pieces. An appreciation for the landscape of the North of England has left a positive mark on Jennings's music, which aims to recreate its sense of timelessness. This disc gathers together all Jennings' piano music composed between 1985 and 2010 and offers his complete works for the instrument to date.

Expedition Audio Recommended
Jennings' music generally has a romantic beauty to it... The music is almost always tonal and has a generally positive, sunny outlook; it can be out-and-out jubilant at times. As attractive as Jennings' music is, it is also music of substance; none of it is fluff, and there's a clear sense that the composer has meticulously made this so... ... read more ...

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
This is all the piano music of English composer David Jennings from 1988 to 2010. There are two lively jazz-influenced movements and a glowing slow one that offers the work's most eloquent music. From the late 80s come three charming sonatinas, innocent and flowing pieces in the manner of Schumann's Kinderszenen. An angular contrast is the Prelude and Fugue from 1992 and 1999, a 12-tone piece that was, in Jennings's words, "a response to newer musical influences encountered at university". For tonal composers like Jennings, the temptation to at least fiddle with a tone row often proved irresistible. By the new millennium Jennings had apparently recovered ("Get thee behind me, Satan"): the Three Lyrical Pieces are some of his most songful works, the Miniature Suite an homage to Bach that sounds like a cross between Elgar and the Baroque. Harvest Moon Suite closes the album on a pastoral note. The young pianist James Willshire plays all these pieces with warmth and an emphasis on the melodic line. It is melodic, open hearted, and well made.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (07/17/2012-07/19/2012).



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Works Details

>Jennings, David : Piano Sonata, Op. 1
  • Performer: James Willshire (Piano)
  • Notes: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (07/17/2012-07/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jennings, David : Piano Sonatina no 1, Op. 2/1
  • Performer: James Willshire (Piano)
  • Notes: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (07/17/2012-07/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jennings, David : Piano Sonatina no 2, Op. 2/2
  • Performer: James Willshire (Piano)
  • Notes: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (07/17/2012-07/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jennings, David : Piano Sonatina no 3, Op. 2/3
  • Performer: James Willshire (Piano)
  • Notes: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (07/17/2012-07/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jennings, David : Prelude and Fugue for piano, Op. 6
  • Performer: James Willshire (Piano)
  • Notes: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (07/17/2012-07/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jennings, David : Lyrical Pieces (3), for piano, Op. 17
  • Performer: James Willshire (Piano)
  • Notes: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (07/17/2012-07/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jennings, David : Miniature Suite, for piano, Op. 18
  • Performer: James Willshire (Piano)
  • Notes: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (07/17/2012-07/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jennings, David : Harvest Moon Suite, for piano, Op. 19
  • Performer: James Willshire (Piano)
  • Notes: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (07/17/2012-07/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary