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BRIDGE: Piano Music, Vol. 2

Composer(s):Bridge, Frank
Artist(s) Wass, Ashley, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.557921
Label Naxos
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Perhaps no other British composer of the first half of the twentieth century reveals a stylistic journey as varied as that of Frank Bridge, whose magnificent late-romantic orchestral suite The Sea (Naxos 8.557167) is his best known work. His later style of composition, more experimental and demanding, and with no concessions to contemporary popular taste, was strongly influenced by the war of 1914-18. This is exemplified in his masterpiece, the Piano Sonata, completed in 1924, in his Lament for Catherine, for a child lost when the Lusitania was torpedoed and, less directly, in his Three Improvisations for the Left Hand, for the pianist Douglas Fox, who had lost an arm in the war.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

BRIDGE: Piano Music, Vol. 1 8.557842
BRIDGE: Piano Music, Vol. 2 8.557921


Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2007

Starting out life as a violist and conductor, composition took over Frank Bridge's life when he was turned thirty, a series of sumptuous orchestral works, much aligned to the French Impressionist School of writing, gaining critical acclaim. But the loss of so many friends in the conflict of the First World War was to scar the rest of his life, bringing about a change to his style that involved a more astringent mode. That in turn brought a decline in performances his music received, and only now has that trend been reversed. If his earlier piano scores fall into the category of ��salon pieces', the three-movement sonata calls upon the soloist to shape and nurture it with that depth of understanding and feeling that is within Ashley Wass's command. Bursts of technically challenging



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