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Threnodies

Alexander Soares

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The extreme social trauma that followed the Great War of 1914-1918 engulfed Europe. In this context, English composer Frank Bridge is an intriguing figure: his musical language transformed to embrace a radically new harmonic style. Consequently, his popularity waned and it was not until the end of the century that his importance as a leading modernist was appreciated. The programme of this album seeks to illuminate the position of Bridge’s monumental Piano Sonata, by setting it alongside works by the composers who influenced it - Berg and Ravel - and his most famous pupil, Britten. Both the sonata and each movement of Ravel’s Suite were dedicated to those who fell in the war. Whilst the repertoire on this recording conveys strikingly varied tones, the title, "Threnodies" – a song of lamentation – reflects the essence of these memorials. Alexander Soares’ debut album "Notations and Sketches", a recital of works by Boulez, Messiaen and Dutilleux was a Gramophone Magazine editor’s choice : "Although most of these pieces have been collated on various anthologies of French piano music, few of them can match this new release in its balanced conception or consistency of execution…Soares has their measure in abundance, resulting in what could hardly be a more auspicious debut album". To be discovered. © Rubicon Classics

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Piano Sonata, H. 160 (Frank Bridge)

1
I. Lento ma non troppo – Andante ben moderato – Allegro energico
00:13:21

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

2
II. Andante ben moderato
00:08:56

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

3
III. Lento – Allegro ma non troppo
00:08:39

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

Variations for Piano (Benjamin Britten)

4
Variations for piano
00:06:02

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (Alban Berg)

5
Piano Sonata, Op. 1
00:11:28

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

Le tombeau de Couperin, M. 68 (Maurice Ravel)

6
I. Prélude
00:03:15

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

7
II. Fugue
00:03:43

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

8
III. Forlane
00:06:30

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

9
IV. Rigaudon
00:03:27

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

10
V. Menuet
00:05:06

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

11
VI. Toccata
00:04:07

Alexander Soares, Piano - Frank Bridge, Composer

2021 Rubicon Classics Ltd 2021 Alexander Soares

Album Description

The extreme social trauma that followed the Great War of 1914-1918 engulfed Europe. In this context, English composer Frank Bridge is an intriguing figure: his musical language transformed to embrace a radically new harmonic style. Consequently, his popularity waned and it was not until the end of the century that his importance as a leading modernist was appreciated. The programme of this album seeks to illuminate the position of Bridge’s monumental Piano Sonata, by setting it alongside works by the composers who influenced it - Berg and Ravel - and his most famous pupil, Britten. Both the sonata and each movement of Ravel’s Suite were dedicated to those who fell in the war. Whilst the repertoire on this recording conveys strikingly varied tones, the title, "Threnodies" – a song of lamentation – reflects the essence of these memorials. Alexander Soares’ debut album "Notations and Sketches", a recital of works by Boulez, Messiaen and Dutilleux was a Gramophone Magazine editor’s choice : "Although most of these pieces have been collated on various anthologies of French piano music, few of them can match this new release in its balanced conception or consistency of execution…Soares has their measure in abundance, resulting in what could hardly be a more auspicious debut album". To be discovered. © Rubicon Classics

Details of original recording : Recorded 15–17 December 2020 at Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouthshire (United Kingdom)

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