Catalogue Number CC72727 [Bar Code 608917272727] â€“ Release date November 2017
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This disc represents the third release from Angela Brownridge on Challenge Classics. Angela continues to survey romantic masterpieces and presents here some of the cornerstones of Debussyâ€™s creative output.
Hailed as a major star in classical music Angela Brownridge has been compared with such pianists as the legendary Solomon, Rachmaninov, Cherkassky, and Bolet. She began her life in an atmosphere of freedom and individualism virtually impossible to find today. Under the guidance of Maria Curcio, who had been a pupil of Schnabel for many years, she absorbed the ability to produce every nuance of the piano, and to present music flexibly and persuasively instead of concentrating on a single method of technique or continual displays of brilliance, learning to deal with the differing requirements of a varied range of composers which recalls Cortot in his prime. Indeed, by realising that many pianists of a bygone age played with far more individuality, magic, and inspiration than has become the fashion, she was able to develop her own unique personality. In an age which has become over-fascinated with mere technique, and which seeks the degree of â€˜perfectionâ€™ offered by over-edited CDs, Angelaâ€™s playing restores spontaneity, character, and beauty of sound to the platform.
A child prodigy, equally talented in composition, extemporisation, and technically brilliant, Angela first performed in public at the age of seven, and a year later had several pieces published. By the age of ten she had given her first concerto performance, and in her early teens was appearing regularly as a recitalist and concerto performer throughout Great Britain and abroad. She later won a piano scholarship to Edinburgh University, and after graduating B. Mus. was awarded a further scholarship for a two-year period of study in Rome with Guido Agosti. As the winner of several competitions she was able to continue her studies with Maria Curcio in London, where she now lives.
Since then Angela has appeared in all the major London concert halls, and has visited Eastern and Western Europe, the USA, Canada, the Far East and Australia, as well as performing extensively in the UK. She has been a soloist with many leading orchestras and conductors, and Festival engagements include Bath, Edinburgh, Warwick, Newport Rhode Island, Bratislava, Brno, Hong Kong, and Maastricht.
Her recorded repertoire is very varied, including some first ever collections of the complete piano music of Barber, Gershwin, Kenneth Leighton and the complete piano concertos of Saint-SaÃ«ns.
Her recordings have received worldwide critical acclaim, several being voted â€œCriticsâ€™ Choiceâ€ by Hi-Fi News and Record of the Year by the Absolute Sound magazine of America. She has also appeared on BBC TV in programmes which have involved her in discussion about the music she has performed. She often gives lecture recitals and master classes, and maintains her love of improvisation which has led her on occasions into the world of jazz.
Angela has been incredibly busy over the last year or two with concerts all over the UK and Europe â€“ many of which will featured the repertoire included in this new disc.
Attention is drawn in particular to her next concert at St Johnâ€™s, Smith Square on Friday November 3rd 2017 â€“ for details see https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/angela-brownridge
Marketing, Promotion and Further information
Angelaâ€™s new CD will be fully serviced to UK press and media. Advertising will include appropriate classical magazines both in print and online. A full page advert is in the October issue of BBC Music.
Please request a review copy of the CD from email@example.com (likewise press tickets for the concert at St Johnâ€™s on 3rd November). Interview requests can be accommodated quickly, either in person or by telephone.
Other CD Releases on Challenge Classics from Angela Brownridge
Chopin Four; Ballades; Piano Sonata No 2; Fantaisie Op. 40 CC72728 SACD
Beethoven Piano Sonatas (3, 23 & 30) CC72707 SACD