Hugh Tinney has been a leading player in the Irish music scene for many years. At concert halls and venues throughout the country he has delighted audiences with world-class performances of repertoire ranging from the canon of classical works to the championing of contemporary Irish composers.
Hugh Tinney: A Portrait encapsulates this career so far, as Tinney says, “I have the longest of attachments to many of the works on this CD”.
Starting with two Preludes by Bach which Tinney had studied in his school years, A Portrait ends with the harmonically fascinating Euler’s Harmonies by Tom Johnson, its slowly unfolding chords reflect the rising and falling notes of the opening C major Prelude. Chopin’s Barcarolle was a breakthrough work for the pianist as a teenager in local Dublin competitions but more than that, he says it “opened my eyes, ears and heart to the power of the spiritual possibilities inherent in the instrument and its repertoire.”
Schubert’s final Sonata in B flat major and Debussy’s Images, Book 1 form the central body of Hugh Tinney: A Portrait and both are works that the pianist knows intimately yet continues to explore to the delight of audiences at home and abroad. Irish composers are represented on the CD by the engaging miniature Swinging Tripes and Trillibubkins from Gerald Barry, full of puckish harmony and brightness