A collection of hauntingly beautiful love songs
for solo piano
William Howard's album Sixteen Love Songs was released in June 2016 on Orchid Classics (ORC100056) and features a selection of unashamedly romantic piano pieces from the19th and early 20th century, many of which have had interesting afterlives as pop songs or in film and TV scores.
“A fantastic new release...William Howard plays them exquisitely." Classic FM (Drive Discovery of the Week 3 June 2016)
“This disc of songs without words…played so winnigly here, particularly the sensual Maiden and the Nightingale from Goyescas by Granados” The Guardian 3 July 2016
**** “[a] sensitively-played and poised programme of ‘songs without words” BBC Music Magazine October 2016
William Howard writes: The idea for putting this collection together came to me back in the 1980’s when I came across a score of Josef Suk’s Love Song while rummaging around in a second hand music shop in Prague. I couldn’t believe that such a ravishing piece was not better known and ever since then I have been looking out for pieces with a similar kind of allure. All the pieces featured on the album are songs, some originally written for piano and others arranged. And they are all expressions of love of some kind, thus sharing common ground with a huge body of folk and popular music.
Events coming soon
St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye (Hay Festival)
Four Contemporary Love Songs (Howard Skempton, Judith Weir, Nico Muhly, Pavel Zemek Novák), Three Liszt Love Song Arrangements (Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann), works by Mendelssohn and Chopin, and Howard Skempton 24 Preludes and Fugues (world premiere)