WILLIAM ALWYN (1905-1985): Fantasy Walzes, Funeral Rites for the Death of an Artist*, Bicycle Ride*, Piece for Piano*, Sonata alla Toccata, The Weather Vane*, DOREEN CARWITHEN (1922-2003): Sonatina*. * - World Premiere Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 05P013
Reference: CD 0133
Description: There are 27 minutes of first recordings on this disc - Alwyn's second wife Carwithen's somewhat neo-classical Sonatina from 1945-46 and Alwyn's intense and brooding Funeral Rites (for whom we do not know), dreamy Piece, and two pieces intended for non-professional players: Weather Vane (for children) and Bicycle Ride (for a subscription series of pieces of graded difficulty). The half-hour-plus suite of waltzes from 1945-55, virtuosic and in the tradition of Chopin and Ravel, remain one of the composer's two or three finest piano works. Mark Bebbington (piano). * - World Premiere Recordings.