CHARLES O'BRIEN (1882-1968): Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Sonata in E Minor, Op. 14, Scottish Scenes, Op. 17, Scottish Scenes, Op. 21, 2 Valses, Op. 25.
Catalogue Number: 10Q007
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0256
Description: This Scottish composer got his music degree from Oxford and took correspondance lessons from the most famous Scottish composer of the day, Hamish MacCunn. A mainstay of musical life in Edinburgh he, like many others of his generation, was forgotten after World War II and this series promises to rescue some very attractive music. The sonata (1910) has an odd mixture of anxiety and pianistic gestures suited to large salons; the first movement sounds like a prelude or an etude suddenly carried away into the latter. As in the two sets of Scottish Scenes (1917), there is much Scottish folk-like material: pentatonic themes over drones and dotted rhythms. The Scenes - Moorland, Voices in the Glen, Harvest Home, Tor and Tarn, Mid the Bracken and Heather Braes - are as fragrant and delightful as they sound. Warren Mailley-Smith (piano).