New CD/Download from ANGELA BROWNRIDGE on Challenge Classics
Tracklisting & CD Information
Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 35 (Grave. Doppio movimento (04:55); Scherzo (06:36); Marche funèbre: Lento (08:49); Finale. Presto. Sotto voce e legato (1:45); Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 (8:28); Ballade No. 2 Op. 38 (6:41); Ballade no. 3 Op. 47 (7:25); Ballade No. 4 Op. 52 (10:03); Fantaisie Op. 40 (12:19)
Challenge Classics CC72728 SACD [Bar Code 0608917272826]; Released on 10th February 2017.
Standard CD Jewel Case with card sleeve. Single CD released at Full Price. Simultaneous digital release through all download and streaming services.
This disc represents the second release from Angela Brownridge on Challenge Classics. Following on from her disc of Beethoven Sonatas (3, 23 & 30) from different periods, Angela continues to survey romantic masterpieces and presents here some of the cornerstones of Chopin’s creative output.
Sleeve notes are by eminent critic Bryce Morrison.
An interview with Angela Brownridge about this project can be viewed via
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 ‘perfection’ offered by over-edited CDs, Angela’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-Saëns.
Her recordings have received worldwide critical acclaim, several being voted “Critics’ Choice” 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 the below detailed concerts in her diary – many of which will feature some of the repertoire included in this new disc.
January 20th Oldham Town Hall
January 26th/27th Masterclass at Loughborough Endowed Schools/Recital the following day
February 17th Dr. Challoner’s School for Girls. Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire.
February 24th Dorset County Museum
March 4th Trinity Hall, Ringwood
March 25th Tincleton Gallery, Dorchester, Dorset
April 8th St. Mary’s Church, Barnes, South London
April 30th Cadogan Hall, London
May 16th Grange Park, Winchmore Hill, London. (Lunchtime)
May 30th Wesley’s Chapel. Old Street, London. (Lunchtime)
July 26th Chichester Cathedral.
Marketing, Promotion and Further information
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