With Tenderness, With Fire
Ronald Farren-Price encores his hugely popular "Reflections" CD with this recital of music ranging from the sublime beauty of a Beethoven Adagio to the thundering splendour of Prokofiev's "Toccata".
The solo recital has always occupied a special place in music, for we are taken in to the performer's confidence and invited to share their inner world. On a piano a recital can range from the delicate and the gentle to the stormy and the furious, for no other instrument approaches the piano in orchestral power, harmonic richness, or sheer variety of textures.
Ronald Farren-Price "... a sensitive artist and a virtuoso of top rank ... he demonstrated a perfect balance between the sound and the expression of the music ... definitely a pianist of great distinction."
“The gossamer touch of pianist Ronald Farren-Price breathes new life into the classics ... a majestic session ... captivating”
— Chris Copas, The Star
“Ronald Farren-Price ... plays with fine virtuosity and expressive warmth a recital program of pianistic delights”
— Bill Hoffmann, Canberra Times
“The choice of music is impeccable ... all of them given with clarity and expressive assurance.”
— Raymond Chapman Smith, The Advertiser
- Quejas o La maja y El Ruisenoir no. 4 from Goyescas Enrique Granados
- Sonata in G minor, K476 L340 Domenico Scarlatti
- Lieder ohne worte, Op. 30 No. 3 in E Major Felix Mendelssohn
- Lieder ohne worte, Op. 38 No. 6 in A♭ Major Felix Mendelssohn
- Etude Op. 10 No. 3 in E Major Frédéric Chopin
- Etude Op. 25 No.1 in A♭ Major Frédéric Chopin
- Etude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor Frédéric Chopin
- Adagio from Pathetique Sonata Ludwig van Beethoven
- Concerto in the Italian Style (1st. Mov.), BWV 971 Johann Sebastian Bach
- The Little Shepherd, from Children's Corner Claude Debussy
- Danse Claude Debussy
- Transcendental Etude No. 3, Paysage Franz Liszt
- Scherzo from the Sonata in A Major, D959 Franz Schubert
- Impromptu in A♭ Major, Op. 90 No. 4 D899 Franz Schubert
- La Vallee des Cloches, from Miroirs Maurice Ravel
- Toccata in D minor, Op. 11 Sergei Prokofiev
C minor Book 1, BWV 847 Johann Sebastian Bach
- Ronald Farren-Price · piano
Born in Lerida in 1867, Enrique Granados studied the piano and composition in Barcelona and then in Paris, returning to Barcelona in 1889. He won distinction as a pianist and popularity in Spain with his contributions to the form of zarzuela.
Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757) was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families.
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music.
Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher. He was one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano".
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.
Claude-Achille Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions.
Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" ("New German School").
Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Today, Schubert is admired as one of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music and he remains one of the most frequently performed composers.
Many consider Ravel as a major composer for the piano as well as a genius of orchestration. But it is always a surprise to discover how few works make up his total output for the instrument. All his compositions for piano can be performed in under two and one half hours.