22nd February 2019
Lines - Part Three: Emily Bronte
1. The Parsonage / 2. Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee / 3. High Waving Heather / 4. She Dried Her Tears And They Did Smile / 5. The Night Is Darkening Around Me / 6. Deep Deep Down In The Silent Grave / 7. Lines / 8. Remembrance / 9. O Evening Why / 10. I'm Happiest When Most Away
This record is a collection of Emily Brontė poems, turned into songs by Yorkshire-born Unthanks pianist and composer Adrian McNally. It was performed and arranged with Rachel and Becky Unthank and commissioned by the Brontė Society to mark her 200th Birthday. The songs were written and recorded on Emily's own piano in the Parsonage in Haworth where she lived and worked. Emily's piano was lovingly and expertly restored by Ken Forrest. It's a rare example of a 5 octave cabinet piano probably made in London between 1810 and 1815. It must be played very gently, and has many creeks and idiosyncrasies, many of which are present on these recordings.