Martin Jones

Richard Rodney Bennett: Complete Works for Solo Piano

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The first volume of Richard Rodney Bennett's eclectic piano works may appeal to connoisseurs of musical enigmas, but others may feel a little disoriented by Bennett's quotations and allusions in severely atonal or lushly Romantic contexts. Where, in all this stylistically varied music, is the real Bennett? The composer of such famous film scores for Far From the Madding Crowd, Murder on the Orient Express, and Four Weddings and a Funeral is concealed behind many unfamiliar masks, and his facility in all styles, traditional and experimental, may confuse listeners who know only his soundtracks. Once one has made it past Noctuary, a daunting gallimaufry on Scott Joplin's Solace, the elusive Tango on Syrinx, or the archly jazzy Excursions, the rest of the pieces seem suspect, and one becomes wary of Bennett's game-playing. Suffice it to say, though, that his music can be appreciated for its technical polish and modernist vigor, and it is not necessary to catch all of his references and private jokes if the pieces appeal through their intricacy, energy, and charm. Pianist Martin Jones is proficient in this challenging music, and he adjusts to the extreme changes of mood and style with extraordinary ease. Metronome's recording is decent, but Potton Hall's live acoustics give the piano a shallow tone.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Sonata
1 02:21 Amazon
2 04:43
3 02:30
Fantasy for piano
4 03:05
5 04:45
6 02:45
Studies (5) for piano
7 03:08 Amazon
8 01:32 Amazon
9 01:11
10 02:58 Amazon
11 02:38
12 06:59
Diversions, for piano
13 00:36
14 00:51
15 00:30
16 00:52
17 00:30
18 01:17
19 00:43
20 01:02 Amazon
Seven Days a Week, for piano
21 00:35
22 00:17 Amazon
23 00:31 Amazon
24 00:34 Amazon
25 00:51
26 00:27 Amazon
27 01:03
A Week of Birthdays, for piano
28 01:30 Amazon
29 00:55 Amazon
30 01:49 Amazon
31 00:51 Amazon
32 01:32 Amazon
33 00:33 Amazon
34 00:57 Amazon
Partridge Pie, for piano
35 01:44 Amazon
36 01:21 Amazon
37 00:49 Amazon
38 02:44 Amazon
39 00:48 Amazon
40 01:17 Amazon
41 02:10 Amazon
42 00:52 Amazon
43 01:14 Amazon
44 01:37 Amazon
45 01:24 Amazon
46 01:01 Amazon
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