WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1908-1988): Complete Music for Solo Piano - Sonata in D Minor, Op. 13, 3 Pieces, Cheesecombe Suite, Ballade, Op. 41, Valediction, A Tale from Long Ago, March of the Giants, Ding Dong Bell, Snowflakes, Snowflakes, Fireside Story, Bedtime, Bedtime Story, Hornpipe
Catalogue Number: 09Z024
Label: Toccata Classics
Description: The reputation of the Anglo- Scottish composer William Wordsworth (1908–88), great-great-grandnephew of the poet, has recently been restored by a series of Toccata Classics albums of his orchestral music. His piano music, too, was poorly known before now, none of it recorded since a handful of pieces appeared on LP 60 years ago – though his epic Piano Sonata is a work of major importance. This first ever complete recording reveals an honest, unfussy approach to the keyboard akin to that of two other major symphonists, Sibelius and Rubbra: like them, Wordsworth’s primary concern seems to have been the expression of deep feeling – which makes the gentle story-telling of his miniatures for children all the more surprising. Christopher Guild (piano).