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Richard Francis: Solo Piano Music (2006-2015)

Format:
CD-R
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
04-09-2020
Label:
Barcode:
7141148051202
Packaging:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
PFCD108
Richard Francis: Solo Piano Music (2006-2015)
Richard Francis: Solo Piano Music (2006-2015)

Description

Prima Facies release of recent piano music by Richard Francis celebrates the craftsmanship, wit and eclecticism of this popular Shropshire composer, winner of the 2001 Gregynog International Composition Award. The disc comprises Franciss complete solo piano output from the years 2006-2015, all played by its dedicatee, Duncan Honeybourne, whose previous Prima Facie discs - of piano music of Sadie Harrison and John Joubert - have met with critical acclaim.  Francis graduated with distinction from the Birmingham School of Music (now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) and studied composition with William Mathias at the University of North Wales, Bangor, where he was awarded an MMus degree. He was Organist of Ludlow Parish Church for 30 years and has given many recitals at home and abroad. Francis has developed a vibrant international profile as a composer, and is best known for his organ and choral works, many of which have been recorded to great critical acclaim. I would gladly play or listen to any of the pieces, wrote David Saint in Organists Review of a 2-disc set of Franciss organ music recorded at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.  Duncan Honeybourne plays here the Piano Sonata no.2 (Irish Memories) with its references to Irish folk melodies, premiered in Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford, in 2011. The first movement evokes a Donegal storm whilst the second is a set of variations on the much-loved hymn tune Slane. The Grand Concert Variations are inventive and virtuosic, while the set of 10 More Characteristic Pieces must surely contain something for everyone, ranging from the touching Evensong to the rumbustious Seaside Jaunt!  This attractive and varied disc was recorded on a Bosendorfer piano in the Ty Cerdd studio at Cardiff Bay, in April 2019.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Francis: Piano Sonata No.2 Irish Memories (2010) Introduction: Nocturne Sempre Adagio
  3. Francis: Piano Sonata No.2 Irish Memories : Storm Tempestuoso
  4. Francis: Piano Sonata No.2 Irish Memories: Variations
  5. Francis: Scherzo: Vivace Ed Animato
  6. Francis: Finale Killiney Strand (Air: Maggie Pickens) : Allegro Piquante
  7. Francis: Grand Concert Variations On A Theme Of Greville Cooke (2015) Theme (the Hymn Tune Golden Grove )
  8. Francis: Grand Concert Variations On A Theme Of Greville Cooke (2015) : Variation 1 : Fantasy
  9. Francis: Grand Concert Variations On A Theme Of Greville Cooke (2015); Variation 2 : 2 Part Invention
  10. Francis: Grand Concert Variations On A Theme Of Greville Cooke (2015): Variation 3 March 1
  11. Francis: Grand Concert Variations On A Theme Of Greville Cooke : Variation 4: Canon At The Octave
  12. Francis : Grand Concert Variations On A Theme Of Greville Cooke : Variation 5: In The Manner Of An Eclogue
  13. Francis : Grand Concert Variations On A Theme Of Greville Cooke : Variation 6: Finale: Fugue In 3 Parts
  14. Francis : More Characteristic Pieces For Piano : Folorn
  15. Francis : More Characteristic Pieces For Piano : Jack- In- A -box
  16. Francis : More Characteristic Pieces For Piano : Painted Sky
  17. Francis : More Characteristic Pieces For Piano : Scales And Arpeggios (in Modo Di Czerny)
  18. Francis : More Characteristic Pieces For Piano : Seaside Jaunt
  19. Francis : More Characteristic Pieces For Piano : Evensong
  20. Francis : More Characteristic Pieces For Piano : Folk Tune (Buckley Mug)
  21. Francis : More Characteristic Pieces For Piano : Cock-a-doodle-do
  22. Francis : More Characteristic Pieces For Piano ; The Lost Garden
  23. Francis : More Characteristic Pieces For Piano : Revelry
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