The British Music Society reviews Nathan Williamson’s Colour and Light in the July 2019 issue.
“The five composers represented on this fine solo piano recital by Nathan Williamson all come from a period in British music when tonality was being explored to its outermost limits. … ‘Twelve Preludes’ by William Alwyn range from the gentle transparent simplicity of the first, through the second whose opening flourish reminded me of ‘The Gnome’ from Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ to the slow sad romanticism of number five dedicated to the memory of the New Zealand pianist Richard Farrell. … Peter Dickinson’s ‘Paraphrase II receiving its world première recording here is a Theme with six hugely contrasting variations exploring the outer edges of tonality in a brilliant structurally refined way. The Delius pieces are…played deliciously by Nathan Williamson. … ‘The Ring of Bone’ by Elisabeth Lutyens… [is] remarkable and eccentric, but also good fun. The final pieces by Anthony Herschel Hill, also world première recordings, are ‘Litany’, with romantic and richly coloured piano writing, and the virtuosic ‘Toccata’, exciting and brilliantly well structured – in itself well worth the price of this CD.”—Alan Cooper, British Music Society