Algernon Ashton: Piano Music, Volume One

Catalogue No: TOCC0063
EAN/UPC: 5060113440631
Release Date: 2010-05-31
Composer: Algernon Ashton
Artists: Daniel Grimwood

Algernon Ashton, born in Durham in 1859, is one of the best-kept secrets in British music. His generous output of piano music includes no fewer than eight sonatas, none of them ever recorded before now. Rutland Boughton wrote that Ashton 'seems to pour out great musical thought as easily as the lark trills its delight in cloudland’, and though Ashton’s piano writing, which lies downstream from Chopin and Brahms, is phenomenally difficult, what strikes the ear is its spontaneity and melodic richness.

Daniel Grimwood, piano

2 reviews for Algernon Ashton: Piano Music, Volume One

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    ‘…The playing of these technically challenging works by Daniel Grimwood is superb. The ‘freshness’ and the vitality are always to the fore. He never sentimentalises or strikes a patronising note. He is a successful exponent of this music… The ambience of the recording is ideal with every nuance of the performance being crystal clear. …I would give up a lot of German piano music by the ‘masters’ to possess Algernon Ashton’s sonatas…’

    —John France, MusicWeb International

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    ‘Grimwood […] finds the charm here (without demeaning the music) and […] is […] intrinsically musical of the two players. […]

    Grimwood’s control of texture is especially apparent in the second (Andante cantabile) [movement of ], where the sustaining pedal is used just the right amount, with detail perfectly preserved. […] All {of the piece] is shaped with the utmost care by Grimwood. […]

    [Grimwood] keeps the music flowing, while respecting the Lento indication. Grimwood is much more exciting [then De’Ath]’

    —Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine July/August 2013

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