Elisabeth Lutyens: Piano Works, Volume 1 - RES10291

Elisabeth Lutyens: Piano Works, Volume 1

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Martin Jones (piano)

The name Elisabeth Lutyens is synonymous with music that is overtly serial, uncompromisingly modernist, and of daring and fearless individuality. Yet there is much to explore behind the naturally combative and provocative façade of this extraordinary composer, whose music is at various times sensual, thoughtful and delicate, as well as dark, turbulent and even violent.

With a programme of works all composed in the last decade of her life, and containing world premiere recordings, the first volume of pianist Martin Jones’s survey of Lutyens’s piano works includes five works at times startling in their stark beauty, and bursting with both vivid imagery and lyrical fluidity.

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

Seven Preludes for Piano, Op. 126
1. Whose name was writ in water
2. Night Winds
3. Starlight
4. Tenebrae
5. Strange thunders from the potency of song
6. Labyrinths
7. The shifting of mighty winds that blow hither
and thither all the changing thoughts of man

8. The Great Seas, Op. 132 *

Five Impromptus, Op. 116 *
9. Impromptu I
10. Impromptu II
11. Impromptu III
12. Impromptu IV
13. Impromptu V

14. Plenum I, Op. 86 *

15. La natura dell’Acqua, Op. 154

'Though Lutyens’s music was often dismissed in her lifetime, it has been quite scandalously overlooked since her death in 1983 at the age of 76 [...] But Martin Jones’s survey of the piano music – in meticulous, clearly affectionate performances – should fill at least one of the yawning gaps.'

- The Guardian

'All in all, this is a rewarding release of utterly idiosyncratic music, eloquently played and cleanly recorded.'
BBC Music Magazine

'[...] it is tribute to his expressive intelligence and natural (selfeffacing?) pianism that it is Lutyens that one hears throughout, not Jones, which is exactly as it should be.'
Gramophone

'Though Lutyens’s music was often dismissed in her lifetime, it has been quite scandalously overlooked since her death in 1983 at the age of 76 [...] But Martin Jones’s survey of the piano music – in meticulous, clearly affectionate performances – should fill at least one of the yawning gaps.'
The Guardian

'Martin Jones is an ideal interpreter of these revelatory and often enigmatic pieces. He brings a deep understanding and sympathy to this music, and that rubs off on the listener.'
MusicWeb International

'Martin Jones' performances are revelatory, his brings a lovely combination of technical skill, toughness and poetry to the music. The uncompromising nature of Lutyens' harmonic world is not disguised, yet Jones' also brings out the astonishing clarity and poetry of her musical gestures.'
Planet Hugill

'Martin Jones brings this very individual music to life in convincing and vibrant performances.'
Lark Reviews

Credits
© 2021 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2021 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10291
EAN: 5060262793183
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
Cover image: Raging waves in a storm by Valeriia Merchanska (shutterstock.com)
Release date: 1 October 2021