The Irish Piano

Belfast pianist explores Ireland’s piano heritage

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Traditional, John Field, Ian Wilson, Samuel Barber, Arnold (Edward Trevor) Bax, Donnacha Dennehy, (George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger, (William) Vincent Wallace, Philip Hammond, Bill Whelan

Genre:

Instrumental

Label: RTE Lyric

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: RTECD139

The Irish Piano

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
She moved through the fair Michael McHale
Traditional Composer
Nocturnes Michael McHale
John Field Composer
Sonnenwende Ian Wilson Composer
Michael McHale
Excursions Michael McHale
Samuel Barber Composer
My lagan love Traditional Composer
Michael McHale
Nocturnes Michael McHale
Arnold (Edward Trevor) Bax Composer
North Circular Donnacha Dennehy Composer
Michael McHale
Am Koppenplatz Garrett Sholdice
Michael McHale
Nocturne, 'Homage to John Field' Samuel Barber Composer
Michael McHale
(The) Coulin Traditional Composer
Michael McHale
Cailín ó cois tSuire Mé Michael McHale
Traditional Composer
Molly on the shore Michael McHale
(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger Composer
Roslyn Castle Michael McHale
(William) Vincent Wallace Composer
Country-Tune Michael McHale
Arnold (Edward Trevor) Bax Composer
John O'Reilly the Active Philip Hammond Composer
Michael McHale
(The) Beardless Boy Michael McHale
Philip Hammond Composer
(The) Currach Bill Whelan Composer
Michael McHale
Mazurka-étude Michael McHale
(William) Vincent Wallace Composer
Nocturnes Michael McHale
John Field Composer
For his first solo piano CD, Michael McHale has programmed 19 short works featuring classical and contemporary Irish composers, works influenced by Irish music, plus McHale’s own arrangements of traditional Irish tunes. The stark and spacious mood of the latter works contrasts with motoric, harmonically sophisticated selections such as Philip Hammond’s The Beardless Boy or Ian Wilson’s Sonnenwende. Bax’s Country Tune and Grainger’s Molly on the Shore work quite well back to back, as do Field’s Nocturne No 10 and Barber’s Field-inspired Nocturne, Op 33. The repeated notes in William V Wallace’s Mazurka-étude lean more to Spain than Poland, while the magical textures Donnacha Dennehy achieves in North Circular’s exquisite high-register writing transcend national characteristics. More importantly, all of the music comes to life through the singing sensibility of McHale’s sensitive and polished pianism, captured in a warmly ambient recording. In short, it’s easy to recommend such a highly distinct and imaginatively presented release.

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