Parry: Piano Sonata No. 1; Piano Sonata No. 2; Theme and 19 Variations; Charakterbilder; Adagissimo

COMPOSERS: Parry
LABELS: Albany
WORKS: Piano Sonata No. 1; Piano Sonata No. 2; Theme and 19 Variations; Charakterbilder; Adagissimo
PERFORMER: Anthony Goldstone (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: TROY 132 DDD
The present decade has seen the rehabilitation of Parry’s noble and generous art, which must have surprised many who thought modern English music began with Elgar. Even these early piano pieces, which show affiliations with Schumann and Brahms, reveal an individual and prophetically English vein, and there is already an impressive compositional mastery. Most outstanding, perhaps, are the tautly structured Variations and the memorable Second Sonata, both splendidly served by Goldstone’s vivacious playing on Parry’s old piano. Anthony Payne

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