Skempton - Piano Music
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Label: Orchid Classics
Cat No: ORC100116
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 14th February 2020
ArtistsWilliam Howard (piano)
Skempton’s Three Nocturnes are richer and more fluid, at times darker-hued and enigmatic, with the use of jazz inflections but with a similar clarity of texture to that heard in the Preludes and Fugues. The Reflections are exquisite windows into a world of contemplative introspection, and the Images represent a varied collection of miniatures culminating in a Postlude based on The Keel Row, a folk tune from the north of Britain also used in Debussy’s orchestral Images – perhaps a nod to the impressionistic aspects of these works, as alluded to by Skempton in his album notes: “The landscape of these four collections of pieces is gently unpredictable…”
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