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George Rowley|Gurney: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 3

Gurney: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 3

George Rowley

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Though he has earned recognition for the many songs he wrote, the music that makes up the rest of the oeuvre of composer and poet Ivor Gurney has been lost or neglected. To that point, this program of solo piano works from George Rowley includes four world premiere recordings, spanning from the composer's student years to after his service in World War I. Rowley seems a perfect foil for these works, catching the emotional highs and lows throughout, and he should be commended for bringing them to a wider audience. The only non-premiere on the program is the opening Five Preludes, and the reason these didn't fall into neglect is clear in the wonderful use of melodic and harmonic phrasing. The earliest work here, the Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor from 1910, was composed when he was a student of the long-time Three Choirs Festival organizer, Sir Herbert Brewer. While it lacks the maturity and individual style Gurney developed before penning the later works on this album, there is a sense of the composer building upon the Romantic masters. Written just two years later, "Autumn," one of his Two Poems for piano, displays an impressionist influence (certainly enhanced by the title) and is a definitive step forward in the progression of Gurney's maturing style. The final work on this program is the only intact movement of what was to be another three-movement sonata, the No. 2 in D major. Written in 1919, this Adagio is heart-wrenching. Not only was Gurney still grieving those lost in the war, he was also dealing with the deaths of his father and violinist Margaret Hunt, a friend and frequent dedicatee. Even without knowing his plight, the emotional depth of these pieces is evident, and the light shed on them here will hopefully spur further inquiries into the composer's catalog.

© Keith Finke /TiVo

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1
5 Preludes: No. 5 in D Major
00:02:10

Ivor Gurney, Composer - Winthrop Rogers Ltd., MusicPublisher - George Rowley, MainArtist

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2
5 Preludes: No. 2 in A Minor
00:01:09

Ivor Gurney, Composer - Winthrop Rogers Ltd., MusicPublisher - George Rowley, MainArtist

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3
5 Preludes: No. 4 in F-Sharp Major
00:02:15

Ivor Gurney, Composer - Winthrop Rogers Ltd., MusicPublisher - George Rowley, MainArtist

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4
5 Preludes: No. 3 in D-Flat Major
00:02:59

Ivor Gurney, Composer - Winthrop Rogers Ltd., MusicPublisher - George Rowley, MainArtist

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5
5 Preludes: No. 1 in F-Sharp Major
00:02:25

Ivor Gurney, Composer - Winthrop Rogers Ltd., MusicPublisher - George Rowley, MainArtist

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6
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor: I. Molto allegro
00:08:37

Ivor Gurney, Composer - George Rowley, MainArtist - The Ivor Gurney Trust, MusicPublisher

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7
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor: II. Largo
00:11:27

Ivor Gurney, Composer - George Rowley, MainArtist - The Ivor Gurney Trust, MusicPublisher

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8
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor: III. Moderato
00:06:52

Ivor Gurney, Composer - George Rowley, MainArtist - The Ivor Gurney Trust, MusicPublisher

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9
Piano Sonata No. 3 in D Minor: I. Moderato
00:12:52

Ivor Gurney, Composer - George Rowley, MainArtist - The Ivor Gurney Trust, MusicPublisher

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10
Piano Sonata No. 3 in D Minor: II. Adagio
00:09:18

Ivor Gurney, Composer - George Rowley, MainArtist - The Ivor Gurney Trust, MusicPublisher

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11
2 Poems for Piano: No. 1, Autumn
00:04:22

Ivor Gurney, Composer - George Rowley, MainArtist - The Ivor Gurney Trust, MusicPublisher

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12
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D Major: II. Adagio
00:10:08

Ivor Gurney, Composer - George Rowley, MainArtist - The Ivor Gurney Trust, MusicPublisher

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Though he has earned recognition for the many songs he wrote, the music that makes up the rest of the oeuvre of composer and poet Ivor Gurney has been lost or neglected. To that point, this program of solo piano works from George Rowley includes four world premiere recordings, spanning from the composer's student years to after his service in World War I. Rowley seems a perfect foil for these works, catching the emotional highs and lows throughout, and he should be commended for bringing them to a wider audience. The only non-premiere on the program is the opening Five Preludes, and the reason these didn't fall into neglect is clear in the wonderful use of melodic and harmonic phrasing. The earliest work here, the Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor from 1910, was composed when he was a student of the long-time Three Choirs Festival organizer, Sir Herbert Brewer. While it lacks the maturity and individual style Gurney developed before penning the later works on this album, there is a sense of the composer building upon the Romantic masters. Written just two years later, "Autumn," one of his Two Poems for piano, displays an impressionist influence (certainly enhanced by the title) and is a definitive step forward in the progression of Gurney's maturing style. The final work on this program is the only intact movement of what was to be another three-movement sonata, the No. 2 in D major. Written in 1919, this Adagio is heart-wrenching. Not only was Gurney still grieving those lost in the war, he was also dealing with the deaths of his father and violinist Margaret Hunt, a friend and frequent dedicatee. Even without knowing his plight, the emotional depth of these pieces is evident, and the light shed on them here will hopefully spur further inquiries into the composer's catalog.

© Keith Finke /TiVo

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