Minimalist Piano Series
Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Ludovico Einaudi - The Piano Music (Sony Classical)
Three discs of minimalist piano by the genre's biggest names, performed by one of our most celebrated musicians. Given that an earlier recording of Nyman has already bagged Lenehan a Gramophone award, it is unsurprising that his disc of excerpts from"The Piano", "Wonderland" and other film soundtracks stands out in particular. He expertly teams a steady rhythmic hand with a sophisticated range of tones into which he dips like an Old Master with his palette. With Einaudi's own recordings of his piano pieces so familiar to many, it is to Lenehan's credit that he can put his own, infinitely graceful, stamp on them: he takes things a little faster, injecting a mild tension into works such as "Le Onde". The Glass disc is largely taken up with music from "The Hours" charged here with Lenehan's characteristic vitality and warmth. Savour the sound of a pianist in his element.
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