Alan Rawsthorne (1905 - 1971), Bernard Stevens (1916 - 1983) - Piano Works

James Gibb, piano

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 2008 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: REAM.1107
UPC/EAN: 5020926110729
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD Mono
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 75.08
Price: £ 10.99 (+ postage & packing)

Rawsthorne: Recorded August 1958, Stevens: Recorded December 1959, The Music Room, Burnham, Buckinghamshire
Richard Itter, Producer & Engineer


Alan Rawsthorne (1905 - 1971) was one of the most distinctive British composers of his generation. His output has been celebrated chiefly for orchestral works, including three impressive symphonies, and a significant volume of chamber and instrumental music. He was also a fine pianist, winning a prize whilst he was a third year student at the Royal Manchester (now Royal Northern) College of Music and going on to study in Poland in the summer of 1930 with Busoniís pupil Egon Petri. Though his most substantial and often performed keyboard works are those he wrote for piano and other instruments, such as the two piano concertos, the Quintet for piano and wind and Violin Sonata, he also produced a number of accomplished pieces for solo piano, most of which, including the three works featured on this disc, date from the first half of his career - a notable exception being the technically challenging Ballade of 1967, an impressive coda to his considerable achievements in the medium.


Bagatelles (1938) Alan Rawsthorne (1905 - 1971) 6.07
1 I Allegro 1.05
2 II Allegretto 1.39
3 III Presto non assai 1.11
4 IV Lento 2.12
Sonatina (1949) Alan Rawsthorne (1905 - 1971) 10.40
5 I Allegro sostenuto e misterioso 2.15
6 II Lento ma con movimento 3.03
7 III Allegretto con malinconia 2.30
8 IV Allegro con brio 2.52
Four Romantic Pieces (1953) Alan Rawsthorne (1905 - 1971) 9.51
9 I Lento 3.03
10 II Allegretto 3.10
11 III Allegro quasi Presto 1.24
12 IV Adagio maestoso 2.14
Five Inventions Op. 14 (1950) Bernard Stevens (1916 - 1983) 9.12
13 I Allegrissimo 0.48
14 II Adagio 2.38
15 III Allegretto 1.20
16 IV Adagio 3.06
17 V Presto 1.20
18 Ballad Op. 17 (1951) Bernard Stevens (1916 - 1983) 10.18
19 Fantasia on "Giles Farnabyís Dreame" Op.22 (1953) Bernard Stevens (1916 - 1983) 13.06
20 Sonata in One Movement Op. 25 (1954) Bernard Stevens (1916 - 1983) 15.40