A Western Borderland: Piano music by Walford Davies, Francis, Gurney & Elgar | EM Records EMRCD034

A Western Borderland: Piano music by Walford Davies, Francis, Gurney & Elgar


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Label: EM Records

Cat No: EMRCD034

Barcode: 5060263500308

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 29th January 2016



The counties on the borders between England and Wales - Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire
and Shropshire - are rich in spiritual resonance, powerful historical imagery and a tangible sense of
tranquility and apartness, which continues to appeal strongly to composers, writers and artists. This CD
presents works for piano by four composers associated with this borderland. Edward Elgar was born just
outside Worcester; the Concert Allegro, his only substantial piece for solo piano, was written whilst
living at Malvern Wells. Ivor Gurney was strongly attached to his native Gloucestershire, and his Five
Western Watercolours
paint sound portraits of favourite landscapes in that county. Walford Davies was
born in Oswestry, Shropshire; his Theme and Variations, written whilst a student at the Royal College of
Music, was rediscovered by Duncan Honeybourne, who gave its first known public performance in 2015.
Richard Francis was born in Herefordshire and now lives and works in Shropshire: the works on this CD
were given their première performances by Duncan Honeybourne.

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