English Piano Rarities


Peter Jacobs

HTGCD 145 – 5060332662791

1 CD

‘The genesis of this CD is curious, and a little unusual.  Between about 1980 and 2005, I was fortunate enough to record some 30 CDs, largely of neglected English music with enterprising companies, now largely defunct. Then, in 2019, a nice thing happened.  Heritage Records, a company specialising in British music of the past 100 years, expressed an interest in reissuing many of these discs.  This has been very gratifying but has resulted in a great number of CDs being issued in a short space of time.  It would take a brave soul close to a day to listen to all this music. That is a lot of listening and appraising, so I thought a little help might be welcome.  A selection of about an hour seemed a good way to give the interested listener a taster of this largely unfamiliar repertoire.  Most of the pieces are short and are more likely to be overlooked.’ Peter Jacobs

Balfour Gardiner: Noel

Billy Mayerl: Sleepy Piano

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Chorale ‘Ach, bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ’

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Chorale Prelude: ‘Ach, bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ’

Thomas Wilson: Incunabula

Frank Bridge: Hidden Fires

Frank Bridge: Gargoyle

Charles Villiers Stanford: Prelude in E-Flat Major, Set 2

Charles Villiers Stanford: Prelude in E-Flat Minor, Set 1

Hubert Parry: The Passionate Allemande from Hands Across the Centuries

Benjamin Dale: Night Fancies

Harold Truscott: Allegro from Sonata No. 13

Alan Bush: Corentyne Kwe-Kwe

Trevor Hold: Musical Clocks

John Foulds: Gandharva-Music

John Foulds: April-England


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    ‘The performances are diligent and skilful, so I imagine that many listeners will wish to pursue this beguiling repertoire which Peter Jacobs promotes so well.’ John France, MusicWeb International

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