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Works for piano and orchestra by Falla, Franck and Turina

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Turina: Rapsodia Sinfonica
Franck: Symphonic Variations
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Granados: The Lover and the Nightingale
Debussy: La Soiree dans Grenade
Bach-Busoni: Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV565 

Valerie Tryon, piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Woods

British pianist Valerie Tryon and SOMM have embarked on a new, exciting venture. The three works recently recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Kenneth Woods are soon to be followed by Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto (revised version), Richard Strauss’s Burlesque and Dohnanyi’s Variations on a Nursery Theme.

On this first disc Ms Tryon brings great experience and her special brand of artistry and musicianship to works for which she has great affection and which she has performed many a time over the years. This became apparent last year, during SOMM’s sessions at the Henry Wood Hall with the Royal Philharmonic and Ken Woods. To quote Siva Oke, Recording Producer and Director of SOMM Recordings:

We all listened with admiration to Ms Tryon’s astonishing technical command, her unwavering attention to detail and her ability to focus single-mindedly on the many and varying demands an artist normally faces during orchestral recording. Her relaxed, smiling presence transformed this from sheer hard work to a thrilling experience in which she was happily joined by her fellow artists and recording crew.”

Valerie Tryon- biography

Born in Portsmouth, Valerie Tryon’s career as a concert pianist began while she was still a child. Before she was twelve she had broadcast for the BBC and was appearing regularly before the public on the concert platform. She was one of the youngest students ever to be admitted to the Royal Academy of Music where she received the highest award in piano performance and a bursary which took her to Paris for study with Jacques Février.

Her place among Britain’s acknowledged artists was assured when a Cheltenham Festival recital brought her the enthusiastic acclaim of the country’s foremost critics. Since then she has played in most of the major concert halls, appearing with many of the leading orchestras and conductors worldwide. Her career has taken her to North America where she has appeared in such cities as Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Washington, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She now lives in Canada but spends a part of each year in her native Britain.

Her repertoire is enormous and ranges from Bach to contemporary composers; it includes more than sixty concertos and a vast amount of chamber music. Among British composers, both the late Alun Hoddinott and John McCabe have dedicated works to her. She is well known for her sensitive interpretations of the romantics – Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov in particular. She also has an extensive discography ranging from Scarlatti, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt to Debussy, Ravel and Ignaz Friedman.

Valerie Tryon has been awarded several distinctions for her services to music. She was an early recipient of the Harriet Cohen Medal. More recently the Liszt Memorial Medal was bestowed on her by the Hungarian Minister of Culture in recognition of her lifelong promotion of Liszt’s music.

Kenneth Woods – biography

Hailed by the Washington post as a ‘true star’ of the podium, conductor and cellist Kenneth Woods has worked with many orchestras of distinction, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Budapest Festival Orchestra, State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra and others. His work on the concert platform and in the recording studio has led to numerous broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has just taken a new position as Artistic Director and conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Vernon Handley.

In 2010 Kenneth Woods was appointed principal Guest Conductor of Stratford- upon -Avon based Orchestra of the Swan. He is active with the orchestra in concert as well as recordings, beginning with an all-Mahler CD for SOMM released to critical acclaim in 2011. For Avie Records he has recorded with the Northern Sinfonia  the Hans Gal Symphonies alongside those by Schumann with great success. His recording with his String Trio, Ensemble Epomeo was recently a Critic’s Choice in Gramophone and Disc of the Month at MusicWeb.

On This Recording

  1. Rapsodia sinfonica: Rapsodia sinfonica, Op. 66
  2. Symphonic Variations: Symphonic Variations, M. 46
  3. Noches en los jardines de Espana (Nights in the Gardens of Spain): I. En el Generalife (In the Generalife)
  4. Noches en los jardines de Espana (Nights in the Gardens of Spain): II. Danza lejana (Distant Dance)
  5. Noches en los jardines de Espana (Nights in the Gardens of Spain): III. En los jardines de la Sierra de Cordoba (In the Gardens of the Sierra de Cordoba)
  6. Goyescas, Book 1: Goyescas, Book 1: No. 4. Quejas, o La maja y el ruisenor
  7. Estampes: Estampes: No. 2. La soiree dans Grenade (Evening in Granada)
  8. Toccata and Fugue: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565