Freda Swain: Piano Music, Volume One

Catalogue No: TOCC0579
EAN/UPC: 5060113442797
Release Date: 2022-04-01
Composer: Freda Swain
Artists: Timon Altwegg

The English composer-pianist Freda Swain (1902–85) left a huge legacy of music that was largely unknown even while she was alive. Her compositions – hundreds of them, in a series of large boxes – found their way to the Swiss pianist Timon Altwegg, who begins his survey of her piano music with Swain’s three mighty sonatas. They are astonishing discoveries: big-boned, virtuosic pieces, full of wild energy, crossing from late Romanticism to a more modern idiom – from Rachmaninov to Bartók, so to speak – and with Bax’s fondness for Celtic seascapes and a hint of Debussyan Impressionism.

Timon Altwegg, piano

Listen To This Recording:

    Sonata Saga in F minor (1925–30)

  1. I Misterioso –
  2. II Lento tranquillo –
  3. III Con molto energia – Allargando superbamente – Allegro ritmico
  4. The Croon of the Sea (1920)
  5. Piano Sonata No. 1 in A minor, The Skerries (1936–37; rev. 1945)

  6. I Vigoroso
  7. II Non troppo lento, malinconio
  8. III Moderato misterioso, lontano – Poco allegro e ritmico
  9. An English Idyll (1942)
  10. Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor (1950)

  11. I Toccata: Allegro vigoroso e ritmico
  12. II Canzona Pastorale: Poco andante e semplice
  13. III Interlude
  14. IV Pandean Rondo: Poco allegro, giojoso
  15. The Red Flower


1 review for Freda Swain: Piano Music, Volume One

  1. :

    ‘She [Freda Swain] could hardly have had a more versatile or a more understanding interpreter than the Swiss musician. […]

    Thanks to Timon Altwegg and Toccata we now know a lot more about Swain and her music in its movement from rich late romanticism to a palette-cleansing clarity that shows awareness of Debussy.’

    —Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

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