EMR CD088 | DETAILS
  EMR CD088
   
 

FINGER PRINTS

   
  Paul Guinery (pf.)
   
  EAN 5 060263 500827

Following on from two highly praised collections of light-music classics — “Dicky Bird Hop” and “Chasing Moonbeams” — for EM Records, Paul Guinery has quarried his extensive music archive of solo piano gems for a third selection he’s called “Finger Prints”.

 

Previous generations could identify with the Viennese adage of taking serious music lightly and light music seriously. This was appreciated in the UK as well, with many home-grown composers applying their abundant talents and skills to feed an appetite for music whose primary aim was simply to entertain.

 

Guinery’s extensive knowledge of the repertoire and his sizeable collection of original sheet-music have informed broadcasts he has made of this repertoire for BBC Radio 3’s flagship “Breakfast” programme. There was an enthusiastic response from listeners clamouring for more, proving that light music is still much appreciated — and missed. “Why don’t we hear this sort of music these days?” was a common response. The genre has been neglected to the extent that, apart from film scores, it barely exists today. High time, then, for a further exploration of its charm, inventiveness and craftsmanship.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO EXTRACTS
     
Harry Engleman (1912–2002)
1. “FINGER PRINTS”  
       
Haydn Wood (1882–1959)
2. “LONGING”  
       
Cecil Macklin (1883–1944)
3. “THE COCKNEY CRAWL” (World Première recording)  
       
Jack Strachey (1894–1972)
4. “ANNA’S POLKA” (World Première recording)  
       
Amy Woodforde-Finden (1860–1919)
5. “KASHMIRI SONG” (trans. Hough)  
       
Harry Revel (1905–1958)
6. “DID YOU EVER SEE A DREAM WALKING?” (trans. Mayerl)  
7. “I FEEL LIKE A FEATHER IN THE BREEZE” (trans. Mayerl)  
       
Edward German (1862–1936)
8. “POLISH DANCE”  
       
Harry Engleman
9. “GOLDEN CHAIN”  
       
Frank Bridge (1879–1941)
10. “BERCEUSE”  
       
Jack Wilson (1907–2006)
11. “PHANTOM FINGERS”  
       
John Ireland (1879–1962)
12. “CAVATINA”  
       
Peggy Cochrane (1902–1988)
13. “BUSY DAY”  
       
Harry Revel
14. “WITH MY EYES WIDE OPEN I’M DREAMING” (trans. Mayerl)  
15. “YOU HIT THE SPOT” (trans. Mayerl)  
       
Roger Quilter (1877–1953)
16. “COUNTRY DANCE”  
       
Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900)
17. “THOUGHTS”, op. 2 no. 1  
18. “THOUGHTS”, op. 2 no. 2  
       
Jack Wilson
19. “SHADOWS ON THE MOON” (World Première recording)  
       
Billy Mayerl (1902–1959)
20. “SHY BALLERINA”  
       
Lennox Berkeley (1903–1989)
21. “JAVA” (trans. Dickinson)  
       
Richard Addinsell (1904–1977)
22. “BLITHE SPIRIT WALTZ”  

 

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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