International Piano critics have selected their piano recording highlights of 2019 and Mark Bebbington’s Private Passions and Nathan Williamson’s Colour and Light have made the list!
“The main event on this intelligently programmed disc is Bax’s Sonata in E-flat minor (1921). The white-hot intensity in the music may be a response to the loss of life in the Irish Easter Uprising of 1916, and Bebbington catches the music’s anger and grief superbly in playing of enourmous range and power. First-rate sound completes a splendid release.”—Guy Rickards
“This is a memorably enterprising programme of British piano music performed with unwavering commitment and intensity. His recital ranges from traditional to progressive and includes a first recording of Anthony Herschel Hill’s Litany and Toccata, which contrasts a brilliance. No praise could be high enough of Williamson’s performances, which unearth buried musical treasure beyond price.”—Bryce Morrison