London Nights: Tippett, Britten, Bridge, Ireland, Bax | Capriccio C3010

London Nights: Tippett, Britten, Bridge, Ireland, Bax


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Label: Capriccio

Cat No: C3010

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 5th November 2021



Franziska Lee has made a name for herself as an exceptional pianist capable of eliciting an orchestral palette of colours from the piano. Following her debut album featuring an exclusively 20th-century French programme (Capriccio C3006), Lee has devoted her second recording to British composers of the same period. Together they tell a story of their time, from Britten’s exuberant Holiday Diary, a joyful interlude between the wars, to Tippett’s escapist Piano Sonata no.1, written on the eve of the Second World War. With effortless virtuosity and musical insight Lee shines a light on a lesser-known corner of the piano repertoire.

‘Ms Lee is effortlessly detached and efficient, her phrasing mechanical and sleek, implacable, a model of cool unflappable confidence, imbuing the sonata with inexorable momentum. It’s an astonishing feat of serenity under the pressure of Dutilleux’s intimidating technical onslaught.’
– American Record Guide (L’Heure exquise, C3006)

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