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HANSON, RAYMOND CHARLES (1913–1976)

Complete Piano Works


  • Tonya Lemoh, piano

The piano works of the largely self-taught Australian composer Raymond Hanson are unparalleled in 20th-century Australian music. Ranging over four decades they exemplify an iconoclastic spirit whose spontaneous writing is accompanied by a visionary wit and dynamism. This premier complete collection of Hanson’s piano oeuvre includes the Piano Sonata, Op. 12—one of his greatest works, full of restless motoric rhythms and reflective contrasts—and many world première recordings, all performed by the award-winning pianist Tonya Lemoh.

Tracklist

Disc 1
1
On Holidays, Op. 1 (1933) (00:02:47)
2
Quizzic, Op. 9 (1940) (00:02:17)
3
Piano Sonatina, Op. 26 (1949) (00:13:05)
 
Piano Sonata, Op. 12 (1940) (00:22:00 )
4
I. — (00:08:59)
5
II. Andante espressivo (00:05:43)
6
III. — (00:07:13)
7
Idylle in D Major, Op. 15 (1942) (00:04:26)
8
Procrastination, Op. 8 (1939) (00:04:03)
 
5 Piano Pieces () (00:06:00 )
9
No. 1. Brioso (00:01:35)
10
No. 2. Rubato (00:01:34)
11
No. 3. Ben marcato (00:00:29)
12
No. 4. With great freedom (00:01:59)
13
No. 5. Toccata (00:00:46)
Disc 2
1
Episodes on Tarry Trowsers, Op. 24 (1948) (00:17:00)
2
Balmoral Beach () (00:01:33)
3
The Garden Seat (1974) (00:01:46)
 
Preludes, Op. 11 (1941) (00:14:00 )
4
Prelude No. 1 (00:02:41)
5
Prelude No. 2 (00:02:52)
6
Prelude No. 3 (00:02:30)
7
Prelude No. 4 (00:01:36)
8
Prelude No. 5 (00:01:35)
9
Prelude No. 6 (00:02:13)
10
Flight (1974) (00:02:25)
 
My Day, Op. 43 (1960) (00:06:00 )
11
No. 1. The Morning Sun (00:00:33)
12
No. 2. Off to School (00:00:33)
13
No. 3. Midday Heat (00:01:50)
14
No. 4. Afternoon Swim (00:00:46)
15
No. 5. Feeling Sleepy (00:01:11)
16
No. 6. Song of the Night (00:00:52)
 
5 Portraits, Op. 23 (1948) (00:10:00 )
17
No. 1. Daddy Bach (00:01:46)
18
No. 2. King Arthur (00:02:02)
19
No. 3. Hans Andersen (00:02:03)
20
No. 4. Scrooge (00:02:44)
21
No. 5. Ginger Meggs (00:01:24)
Total Time: 01:46:51

The Artist(s)

Tonya Lemoh Australian/Sierra Leonean pianist Tonya Lemoh is known for her focus on unusual and exotic repertoire. Praised by Gramophone magazine and All Music Guide, her concert appearances and recordings have consistently garnered critical acclaim. Lemoh has won several international awards, including First Prizes in the ‘21st century Art Competition’ (International Association of Art and Education in the 21st Century, Helsingor 2003), and the Royal Academy of Music (Aarhus) Concerto Competition, and a Diplôme d’honneur in the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition. Lemoh holds performance degrees from conservatoriums in Australia, the US and Denmark, and completed doctoral studies at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Australia. A keen interpreter of new music, she has performed and recorded for ABC Radio, Danish National Radio and Danish television.

The Composer(s)

Raymond Charles Hanson Raymond Charles Hanson was a highly gifted, prolific Australian composer whose career spanned a diverse and complex era in Australian music history. A largely self-taught creative visionary, his career was negatively impacted partly by the lack of support for Australian composers in the first half of the 20th century. Nonetheless, he became the leading lecturer in composition at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music and was later appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. The sophistication and originality of his piano compositions is especially remarkable considering how little formal training he received. During his lifetime, his piano works were performed by several renowned pianists, including Walter Gieseking, Rudolf Firkušný and Ignaz Friedman. The body of work he composed for the piano is unique and unparalleled in 20th-century Australian piano repertoire.