A Forgotten English Romantic | EM Records EMRCD022

A Forgotten English Romantic

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Label: EM Records

Cat No: EMRCD022

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 7th July 2014

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Duncan Honeybourne’s new disc for EM Records explores the piano music of a forgotten romantic composer-pianist, the Englishman Greville Cooke. This larger-than-life character wrote for his instrument with telling individuality, melting tenderness and searing intensity.

Cooke combined a professorship in composition at the Royal Academy of Music with parallel careers as a poet and Anglican priest, rising to become a canon of Peterborough Cathedral and a regular broadcaster in both musical and spiritual roles. 

This disc presents Cooke’s superbly evocative, richly passionate music – bearing wonderful titles such as Cormorant Crag, Whispering Willows, Sundown and Reef’s End – with miniatures by Holst and Vaughan Williams, to create a disc of English romantic piano music of vibrant colour and wide-ranging expressive power.

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