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Cascade

Cascade

Cascade celebrates the depth and intensity of the smallest forms, with a collection of vibrant, shimmering miniatures by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Schumann.

Cascade explores music’s mercurial ability to change in an instant and to reveal depths beneath the surface. Early and late Beethoven bookend the programme. Unpublished in his lifetime, the C major Bagatelle (WoO 56) flickers and shifts, while his late Op.126 Bagatelles are ingeniously and constantly turned inside out to reveal new facets: musical kaleidoscopes. Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives (Fleeting Visions) are a series of meditations, while Schumann’s Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) conjures an enchanted landscape with intimate vignettes of the natural world.

“This is playing that plumbs the essence of Beethoven’s expressive genius… Don’t miss it.” (International Piano).

“Williams’s taut, colourful playing is compelling… A scintillating collection, fabulously played.” (The Arts Desk)

“Williams’ performance of Beethoven’s set of Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, is one of the finest, suffused with wisdom and beauty.” (Classical Explorer)

“A defiantly original performer.” (All About the Arts)

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Released September 2023

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Nightlight

Nightlight

Nightlight is a compelling exploration of the contrariness of night, its turmoil, terror and tenderness, and the anticipation of new light.

The inspired programming came together during the pianist’s time mothering her two infant children in the isolating dead of night while the world around them slept.

“Williams finds astonishing beauty in these pieces that had me shaking my head in wonder. Consummate artistry… touching real greatness.”  – MusicWeb International, Recording of the Year

“Extraordinary… Williams unapologetically takes her place among the most eloquent exponents of this great work in recent years.” – Gramophone

“It takes real imagination to combine mostly standard repertoire in a way that’s both personal and musically insightful.” – Pianist Magazine

Mozart | Scriabin | Liszt | Schubert | Tomkins | Bill Evans | Schumann

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Released August 2021

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Piano music by Bach and Pärt

Piano music by Bach and Pärt

Two sublime voices presented together for the first time on disc, in a poetic and probing coupling of the solo piano music of JS Bach and Arvo Pärt.

Bach: Two and Three Part Inventions, Praeambulum in C
Pärt: Für Anna Maria, Für Alina, Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka

“The sheer clarity of Williams’ Bach – two absolutely equal hands, voices chasing each other playfully – lends qualities of purity and truthfulness to her readings… Williams has the ability to mesmerise in Pärt, creating stillness, even timelessness… this is a magnificently stimulating concept, brilliantly realised.    — Colin Clarke, International Piano

Also available on Spotify and iTunes

Released October 2018

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Schumann: Piano Music

Schumann: Piano Music

Davidsbundlertänze, Op. 6 Books I & II
Fantasie in C major, Op. 17
Theme with Variations in E flat major, WoO 24 “Geistervariationen”

“This stylish player has united two of Schumann’s most devastatingly original early works and his last piece for the instrument… Translucently handled…utterly undemonstrative…seductive,…commanding and sensitive.” — Paul Driver, Sunday Times

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Released June 2015

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Schubert: Impromptus D899 and D935, Ländler D366

Schubert: Impromptus D899 and D935, Ländler D366

Four Impromptus D899
Four Impromptus D935
Ländler D366

“The spontaneity of the performances, as well as the beauty of the piano tone, … linger in the mind.”    — BBC Music Magazine

“Williams’ brilliantly fluid technique and unassuming mastery of the piano is to the fore…” — Classic FM

“There’s romantic fire lurking under the surface. No 3 [D899] is almost Brahmsian in its achingly beautiful sweep, and there’s a delicious, dark brooding beneath the delicacy of No 1, D935.” — Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian

“We are convinced that Cordelia’s debut recording…will serve to win her a place among the élite of the young rising stars of today.” — Siva Oke, Director, SOMM Recordings

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Released July 2013

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