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
Sonata Saga in F minor (1925–30)
Piano Sonata No. 1 in A minor, The Skerries (1936–37; rev. 1945)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor (1950)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0579EAN/UPC: 5060113442797Release Date: 01.04.2022Composer: Freda Swain Artists: Timon Altwegg
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