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  • SKU: ALBCD040
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 5060158190409
  • Street Date: 04/03/20
  • PreBook Date: 02/28/20
  • Label: Albion Records »
  • Genre: Classical
  • Run Time: 40 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2019
  • Box Lot: 25
  • Territory: US,CA


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Rowan Pierce & Gareth Brynmor John & Iain Farrington - Fearful Symmetry

A recording of songs and piano music by John Sykes (1909-1962), focusing on his settings of William Blake

Rowan Pierce & Gareth Brynmor John & Iain Farrington - Fearful Symmetry
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John Sykes (1909-1962) was a pianist, composer and schoolteacher. He gained his FRCO as a schoolboy and became Organ Scholar at Balliol College Oxford. Later, he studied with both Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob. He spent most of his career teaching music at Kingswood School, Bath. He left behind a good deal of music, but only a handful of works were published. This recording is of songs, solo piano works and a piano duo. The songs are largely settings from William Blake's Poems of Innocence and Experience, but there are also settings of poems by Sykes's friend and contemporary, Randall Swingler.

Press Quotes

'The duet for two pianos 'Polonaise' could almost be by Chopin while the three virtuoso piano solos 'Toccata', 'Paean' and 'Keel Row', the latter, with its tune very much to the fore, could be, as the programme note suggests, a marvellous encore piece,'

     —Alan Cooper, British Music Society


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