Ashton: Piano Music, Volume 1
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Algernon Ashton: Piano Music, Volume One

Catalogue Number: TOCC0063
EAN: 5060113440631
Release Date: 31 May 2010
Duration: 74:25

Nocturne and Menuet, Op. 39
Sonata No. 8 in F major, Op. 174
Vier Bagatellen, Op. 79
Sonata No. 4 in D minor, Op. 164

Daniel Grimwood, piano

Algernon Ashton, born in Durham in 1859, is one of the best-kept secrets in British music. His generous output of piano music includes no fewer than eight sonatas, none of them ever recorded before now. Rutland Boughton wrote that Ashton ‘seems to pour out great musical thought as easily as the lark trills its delight in cloudland’, and though Ashton’s piano writing, which lies downstream from Chopin and Brahms, is phenomenally difficult, what strikes the ear is its spontaneity and melodic richness.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 74:25
1-2 Nocturne and Menuet, Op. 39 (1888)

Algernon Ashton, composer
Daniel Grimwood, piano

(first recording)
10:44
1 Nocturne (Andantino) 5:53 play
2 Menuet (Allegretto) 4:51 play
3-6 Sonata No. 8 in F major, Op. 174 (publ. 1926)

Algernon Ashton, composer
Daniel Grimwood, piano

(first recording)
26:10
3 I. Allegro soave 7:36 play
4 II. Lento: Con gran espressione 6:50 play
5 III. Scherzo: Allegro animato 4:12 play
6 IV. Finale: Allegro frescamente 7:32 play
7-10 Vier Bagatellen, Op. 79 (1892)

Algernon Ashton, composer
Daniel Grimwood, piano

(first recording)
7:26
7 1. Allegretto amoroso 1:44 play
8 2. Andante cantabile 2:15 play
9 3. Larghetto con gran espressione 2:12 play
10 4. Allegro frescamente 1:15 play
11-14 Sonata No. 4 in D minor, Op. 164 (publ. 1925)

Algernon Ashton, composer
Daniel Grimwood, piano

(first recording)
30:05
11 I. Allegro 9:15 play
12 II. Largo assai 6:44 play
13 III. Intermezzo: Moderato 4:51 play
14 IV. Finale: Allegro, ma non troppo 9:15 play

Artists

Algernon Ashton

Algernon Ashton, composer
[credit: © Royal College of Music]

Daniel Grimwood

Daniel Grimwood, piano

Reviews

...The playing of these technically challenging works by Daniel Grimwood is superb. The ‘freshness’ and the vitality are always to the fore. He never sentimentalises or strikes a patronising note. He is a successful exponent of this music... The ambience of the recording is ideal with every nuance of the performance being crystal clear.

...I would give up a lot of German piano music by the ‘masters’ to possess Algernon Ashton’s sonatas...

John France MusicWeb International March 2014

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