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IRELAND, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 3 (Lenehan) - Piano Sonata / Preludes / Green Ways

Composer(s):Ireland, John
Artist(s) Lenehan, John, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570461
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


John Ireland’s piano music, some of the most appealing British piano music of the twentieth century, reflects the composer’s many interests: his love of literature, his interest in paganism and Celtic mysticism, as well as the bitter-sweet regret of the passing of love. This recording includes Ireland’s Piano Sonata, whose third movement is associated with Chanctonbury Ring on the Sussex South Downs, and the four Preludes, the third of which, The Holy Boy, written on Christmas Day 1913, is one of Ireland’s most popular and touching melodies.


Review By Em Marshall,Albion Magazine Online,January 2009

John Lenehan continues his recording of John Ireland's piano works with this third volume. [Vol 1, 8.553700 and Vol 2, 8.553889 are also available—Ed.] The disc includes the Piano Sonata, the Four Preludes (of which the third is yet another arrangement of Holy Boy), and several solo piano pieces, including the slightly more substantial Ballade of London Nights. The works are all played with conviction, sensitivity and sincerity.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,July 2008

At the age of thirteen, and without his parent’s knowledge, John Ireland presented himself for audition at London’s Royal College of Music and was accepted as a piano student. Three years later he became a composition pupil of Stanford, though his early attempts in establishing himself as a composer did not meet with success. With money inherited from his parents and an income as church organist and choirmaster, his lifestyle afforded him ample time to write. The autumn of his long life was spent in the rural surroundings of West Sussex, the outcome of this strange life was a rather slender catalogue of works, But he was a perfectionist, and even the early success of his Phantasie Trio in 1906, composed when he was twenty-seven, failed to spur him on to greater



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