FRANK BRIDGE (1879-1941): Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Capriccio No. 1, 3 Sketches, Capriccio No. 2, The Hour Glass, Vignettes de Marseille, Sonata.
Catalogue Number: 12I053
Description: Except for a recent Naxos disc, there's very little Bridge piano music currently available (the Continuum series with Peter Jacobs being long gone), making this the only place you can now hear the grim, haunted and intense sonata of 1921-4, dedicated to Ernest Farrar, killed on the Western Front, and crawling with the psychological torment which afflicted Bridge post-War, leading to quite striking experiments with dissonance. The Capricci are close to being virtuosic show-pieces while three of the four Marseille Vignettes (pretty much "salon" in style but of the best quality) were recorded in Chandos' "Bridge Edition" in their orchestral versions but are complete here in their original versions. Mark Bebbington (piano).