Doreen Carwithen and her husband William Alwyn were two of the most versatile composers working in Britain in the mid- to late-20th century. Between them they scored more than 100 films, as well as music for the concert hall, including the scores for Odd Man Out (Alwyn) and Boys in Brown (Carwithen). Daniel Grimwood's recording is a wonderful introduction to the couple's extensive catalogues of piano music, containing Carwithen's taut, neoclassical Sonatina and Alwyn's 12 Preludes and Grieg-inspired Fantasy Waltzes. This is warm, lyrical music which quietly pushes boundaries while always attractive and well-written for the instrument.
This is Daniel Grimwood's third release for Edition Peters Sounds following highly-acclaimed recordings of piano music by Fauré and Henselt.