ALFRED HILL (1870-1960): One Came Fluting, Doves, The Poet Dreams, Valse Triste, Dancing Faun, Come Again Summer, ROY AGNEW (1893-1944): Rabbit Hill, A Country Lane, An Autumn Morning, Toccata, Trains, Before Dawn, Dance of the Wild Men, from Contrasts: A Child's Dream, from Youthful Fancies: Sleeping Child, from Rural Sketches: Fairy Dell, Starry Night, FRANK HUTCHENS (1892-1965): Two Little Birds, Sunday Morning, The Enchanted Isle, Fairy Ships, The Island, Weeping Mist, Minuet, At the Bathing Pool, By the River, Evening, Cinderella, LINDLEY EVANS (1895-1982): Lavender Time, Fragrance, Lullaby, Vignette, Merrythought, Rhapsody, MIRIAM HYDE (1913-2005): The Fountain, ARTHUR BENJAMIN (1893-1960): A Song with a Sad Ending, MIRRIE HILL (1892-1986): The Leafy Lanes of Kent, PERCY GRAINGER (1882-1961): Irish Tune from County Derry, Colonial Song, The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol.
Catalogue Number: 02J076
Label: ABC Classics
Reference: 476 6297
Description: Reminding us that Australia was really populated by dislocated British until after World War II, this collection of piano music from the first half of the 20th century takes us back to an Edwardian world of decorous and whimsical grace, daydreams and soft fantasies - gentle impressions of mood and place. This being Australia, where it's a lot hotter than it ever gets in England, many of the titles have to do with water or evening! Most of this is exquisite Romantic salon music by Roy Agnew's pieces (the largest number here) are more adventurous, with echoes of Debussian Impressionism or the hothouse quality of Scriabin. NOTE: This is a two-disc set of recordings originally issued on a small Australian label in 1997 and 2000. It's part of a box including three more CDs, from the same source, by the same pianist of more standard repertoire but which also includes such items as Josef Levine (1874-1944): Humoresque, Vladimir Rebikov (1866-1920): The Musical Snuffbox, Misha Levitski (1898-1941): The Enchanted Nymph, Carl Tausig (1941-1871): The Ghost Ship, Isidore Philipp (1963-1958): Puck, Op. 23, Joseph Schwantner (b.1943): Veiled Autumn, David Chesworth (b.1958): Apparent Heavenly Movement, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Mystic Flute and two movements from Sonata Ananada, Arvo Pärt (b.1935): Für Alina, Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Water Piano, Henryk Górecki (b.1933): Intermezzo, five excerpts from Koechlin's The Persian Hours, a lot of Satie, Scriabin and Rachmaninov. The Australian discs are worth the price alone; the whole box is a very attractive budget-price acquisition for pianophiles. 5 CDs. Budget-price. Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano).