EMR CD012–13 | DETAILS
  EMR CD012–13
   
  E.J. Moeran: THE COMPLETE SOLO PIANO MUSIC
  Duncan Honeybourne (pf)
   
  Released 1 February 2013 | EAN 5 060263 500117
EMR CD012-13, the second double-disc set issued by EM Records, presents the complete, deeply atmospheric, piano music by E.J. Moeran alongside works by Moeran’s English and Irish contemporaries. Included on this disc are première recordings of works by Aloys Fleischmann and Ronald Swaffield, while music by Howells, Vaughan Williams, Baines and Pitfield complete a set of discs that open musical vistas of the rugged mountains and grandeur of wild Ireland and the verdant pastorality of England’s lush hills.
TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO EXTRACTS
     

CD1

     

E.J. Moeran (1894–1950)

   
1. ‘STALHAM RIVER’ (1921)  
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E.J. Moeran
THEME AND VARIATIONS (1920)
 
2. THEME: Andante  
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3. VARIATION I: Poco più moto  
4. VARIATION II: Allegro scherzando  
5. VARIATION III: Alla Marcia e con energico  
6. VARIATION IV: Allegretto sostenuto  
7. VARIATION V: Vivace  
8. VARIATION VI: Non troppo lento e rubato  
9. FINALE: Allargando ma non troppo lento – Allegro comodo  
     
Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
SONATINA FOR PIANO (1971)
 
10. I. Vivo: inquieto  
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11. II. Quasi adagio, serioso ma teneramente  
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12. III. Agile destro, sempre veloce  
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E.J. Moeran
TWO FOLKSONG ARRANGEMENTS
 
13. ‘Irish Love Song’ (1926)  
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14. ‘The White Mountain’ (1927)  
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Aloys Fleischmann (1910–1992)
SREATH DO PHIANO (SUITE FOR PIANO) (1933)
(UK Première recording, and first appearance on CD)
 
15. Le líonrith (Agitato)  
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16. Mall siansach (Andante espressivo)  
17. Mear anamúil (Allegro animato)  
18. Mall calma, diaidh ar ndiaidh ag sírneartú (Largo risoluto, poco
a poco sempre rinforzando)
 
19. Gasta gealadhramach (Presto scherzando)  
       
Ronald Swaffield (1889–1962)  
20. ‘RAPALLO’ (1937)  
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21. ‘SAILING ALONG’ (1945) (World Première recording)  
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22. ‘INTERMEZZO ALLA PASTORALE’ (1957) (World Première recording)  
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E.J. Moeran
‘TWO LEGENDS’ (1923)
 
23. ‘Folk Story’  
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24. ‘Rune’  
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Herbert Howells  
25. ‘THE “CHOSEN” TUNE’ (1920)  
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CD2

       
E.J. Moeran
THREE PIANO PIECES (1919)
 
1. ‘The Lake Island’  
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2. ‘Autumn Woods’  
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3. ‘At a Horse Fair’  
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E.J. Moeran  
4. ‘ON A MAY MORNING’ (1921)  
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Thomas Pitfield (1903–1999)
PRELUDE, MINUET AND REEL (1931)
 
5. Prelude  
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6. Minuet  
7. Reel  
       
E.J. Moeran
THREE FANCIES (1922)
 
8. ‘Windmills’  
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9. ‘Elegy’  
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10. ‘Burlesque’  
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William Baines (1899–1922)
SEVEN PRELUDES (1919)
 
11. Moderately quick (with restrained passion)  
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12. Very slow – Slow – A tempo  
13. Very slowly – with devotion  
14. Furiously  
15. Moderate speed – dreamily  
16. Quickly  
17. Very quickly – with vigour  
       
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)  
18. HYMN TUNE PRELUDE ON ‘SONG 13’ (GIBBONS) (1928)  
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19. ‘THE LAKE IN THE MOUNTAINS’  
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E.J. Moeran  
20. TOCCATA (1921)  
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21. ‘SUMMER VALLEY’ (1925)  
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22. ‘BANK HOLIDAY’ (1925)  
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E.J. Moeran
TWO PIECES (1933)
 
22. Prelude  
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23. Berceuse  
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REVIEWS
Beautifully shaped by Benjamin Frith... Beguiling sounds, graced by the tawny richness and unexaggerated line of Richard Jenkinson’s cello playing... The sense of purpose and sureness of line of Ian Venables’ music is pure oxygen.
EMR CD31 | BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Exquisitely rewarding... Ravishing accounts.
EMR CD029 | CHOIR AND ORGAN
This is music of great beauty and integrity and the performances fully do it justice. It would be criminal to let it pass you by.

EMR CD028 | INTERNATIONAL
RECORD REVIEW

The Bridge Quartet approach these pieces with a sympathetic and insightful warmth, and confirm their ambassadorial credentials for British chamber music. A lovely, radiant disc.
EMR CD025 | Gramophone
Duncan Honeybourne’s playing is astonishingly affectionate, yet never saccharine... Honeybourne plays with suave confidence.
EMR CD024 | INTERNATIONAL PIANO
Rupert Marshall-Luck is an ideal interpreter: generously but not effusively lyrical; agile and athletic... The warm, folk-song like slow movement is at times almost painfully beautiful, with a shimmering pastoral central section... Marshall-Luck is, again, indefatigable and keenly picks up on the work’s melancholic strain.  Finely recorded and with comprehensive booklet notes, this is a must for fans of 20th-century English repertoire.
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