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28 May 2024
Lures for Feeling: Piano Music of Richard Elfyn Jones

Christopher Williams (piano)

Lures for Feeling takes its name from Welsh composer Richard Elfyn Jones' Piano Sonata No. 2, which derives from an assertion by one of his philosophical heroes, Alfred North Whitehead, who wrote that the actual world is essentially the outcome of ‘an aesthetic order derived from the immanence of God.’ His book Music and The Numinous aims to clarify this in the light of the composer's own experience as one who, when exercising his creative freedom, has always felt that elements outside oneself have a controlling role in one’s work. In his case, and certainly in that of many tonal composers, it is the obvious demands of the God-given harmonic series that is the rather obvious pointer towards the numinous character of music in its various aspects, whether or not the composer or his/her audience is aware of that.
This album also includes his Piano Sonata No. 1, Fantasy Evocations and other recent works, including the heartfelt Threnody for Ukraine.
Christopher Williams is well-known through is acclaimed recordings for Grand Piano and Willowhayne Records.


Richard Elfyn Jones: Piano Sonata No. 1

I. Capriccio 1. Tempo comodo

II. Andante grazioso

III. Capriccio 2. Con brio e alla danza


Richard Elfyn Jones: Threnody for Ukraine

Richard Elfyn Jones: Dithyramb

Richard Elfyn Jones: Dance Mosaic

Richard Elfyn Jones: Fantasy Evocations

I. Allegro giocoso

II. Allegro amabile

III. Ritmico ma espressivo

Richard Elfyn Jones: Piano Sonata No. 2 'Lures for Feeling'

I. Tempo comodo

II. Andante grazioso

III. Allegro energico

Recorded in Cardiff University School of Music Concert Hall, Wales, UK on 28th & 29th July 2022.
Design: Willowhayne Records
Recording Engineering, Production & Editing: Jim Unwin
Total Time: 47.26
Release Date: October 2023

Christopher Williams (piano)Born in Wales, Christopher Williams leads a busy and varied professional life as a pianist, composer, conductor, teacher and arranger. He is currently assistant director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales and is a pianist for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he has performed at the BBC Proms and recorded for the Chandos and Hyperion labels. He is a staff accompanist at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and teaches piano at Cardiff University, following in the footsteps of his own teachers Martin Jones, Richard McMahon and Simon Shewring. His solo disc of Brahms/Klengel transcriptions for Naxos’ Grand Piano label was featured on NDR’s Kultur programme as one of their three discs of the week.

WHR089     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690438

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