ARNOLD BAX (1883-1953): Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-4 (with two appendices to No. 2), JOHN IRELAND (1879-1962): Piano Sonata, FRANK BRIDGE (1879-1941): Piano Sonata.
Catalogue Number: 01J063
Label: British Music Society
Description: Released in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Binns' 1958 debut as a concert pianist, this collection of British sonatas will interest collectors of these composers for the following: Binns has consulted the manuscripts of Bax's sonatas 2 and 3 and found, in the former, about six and a half minutes of music subsequently omitted or replaced in the published versions. These are recorded here as appendices. In addition there are several other small variances in the manuscrpts which he plays (some but not all of which are noted in the booklet). There are no manuscript sources for Bax 1 and 4. The Ireland sonata uses a little-known 1951 revision which the notes do not discuss since the British Music Society published an article about it this year which, of course, they would prefer you buy. Notes by Binns, the producer (and author of the Ireland article), Lewis Foreman and a conversation between Foreman and Binns make for a valuable release for all English music collectors. 2 CDs. Malcolm Binns (piano).