℗ 2010 Chandos
 

Leighton: Piano Works

Margaret Fingerhut

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Piano Sonata, Op. 64  
1
I. Lento e chiaro
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
8:06
2
II. Chorale with contrasts. Adagio molto e sostenuto
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
6:05
3
III. Toccatas and Chorale. Presto precipitoso
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
8:25
Preludes  
4
Prelude in D Minor
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
1:34
5
Prelude in D Major
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
3:25
6
Prelude in E Flat Minor
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
2:39
7
Prelude in C Major
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
1:50
8
Prelude in C Minor
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
2:46
Winter Scenes  
9
I. Landscape
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
3:57
10
II. The Wind
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
2:11
11
III. Mist
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
3:04
12
IV. Woodsprites
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
2:04
13
V. By the Fireside
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
3:10
14
VI. Snowflakes
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
2:10
15
VII. Carol
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
2:50
Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 27  
16
I. Andante, ma un poco liberamente
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
5:37
17
II. Lento sostenuto
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
4:17
18
III. Intermezzo
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
2:22
19
IV. Presto, molto ritmico
Kenneth Leighton; Margaret Fingerhut
3:32
Total Playing Time    70:04
“The composer-pianist's understanding of his own instrument is... evident in every measure of Margaret Fingerhut's absorbing solo recital, which launches in imposing fashion with the Sonata that Leighton wrote for Peter Wallfisch... Fingerhut plays with consummate skill and thrilling conviction.”
- Gramophone Magazine

“Margaret Fingerhut's strong and immaculate performances recall Leighton's own powerful style as a pianist almost exactly, and the recordings reveal his fine ear for keyboard resonance.”
- BBC Music Magazine

“Fingerhut is an insightful, sensitive advocate of [Leighton's] music, whether measured in the form of the two rhythmically gritty Sonatas... or the more temperamental Winter Scenes... This disc is a valuable resource, perceptively filling in gaps in the Leighton oeuvre and demonstrating playing of verve and intelligence.”
- International Record Review

Kenneth Leighton was a composer and pianist from a Yorkshire working class family who managed to carve a niche for himself as a respected creator of church music and piano works. This release from British pianist Margaret Fingerhut focuses on Leighton's solo piano pieces, including his evocative Winter Scenes suite (which receives its premiere recording here), the Preludes, and two sonatas, all works which display his exploratory harmonies and improvisatory figurations.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded at Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk
Produced by Rachel Smith
Engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Assistant Engineer: Paul Quilter

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