Twentieth Century British Piano Sonatas


HTGCD 407 – 5060332662692

4 CDs

This compendium of British Piano Sonatas has been dictated by quality and variety. There are obvious omissions, largely of composers who wrote fine music for the piano, but maybe not in the form or structure suggested by the loaded word ‘sonata’. All the works presented here show their composers’ thinking over a bigger scale than their smaller pieces might allow, so that the listener is able to indulge in the creator’s sound world and control of musical form over longer periods.  Here are a dozen such works each totally representative of their composers.  We can delight in the stylistic and sonic contrasts as well as revelling in their varieties of keyboard writing. Peter Jacobs

Benjamin Dale: Piano Sonata in D minor

Peter Jacobs

Arnold Bax: Piano Sonata No. 2

John McCabe

Frank Bridge: Piano Sonata

Peter Jacobs

John Ireland: Piano Sonata

Malcolm Binns

Constant Lambert: Piano Sonata

John McCabe

Tippett: Piano Sonata No.1 ‘Fantasy Sonata’

Phyllis Sellick

Lennox Berkeley: Piano Sonata, Op. 20

Colin Horsley

Arthur Bliss: Piano Sonata

Marguerite Woolf

John Joubert: Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 24   

John McCabe

Franz Reizenstein: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A-Flat Major, Op. 402

Philip Martin

Harold Truscott: Piano Sonata No. 12 in C Major

Peter Jacobs

Thomas Wilson: Piano Sonata

Peter Jacobs


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