Ireland: Sarnia; Two Pieces; Three Pastels; Ballade of London Nights; A Sea Idyll; Spring will not wait; Soliloquy

COMPOSERS: Ireland
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Sarnia; Two Pieces; Three Pastels; Ballade of London Nights; A Sea Idyll; Spring will not wait; Soliloquy
PERFORMER: Eric Parkin (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 9250 DDD
This is the third and final volume of Ireland’s piano music – complete save for the unrepresentative Three Dances of 1913. Ireland was a pupil of Stanford and taught Vaughan Williams. His music is clear cut and disciplined, rooted in his Romantic imagination and his obsession with magic and the remote past. His piano writing is wholly idiomatic. The selection here is of the familiar and the less well known, and the whole programme is lovingly played. Wadham Sutton

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