Interview online…….

John Lenehan’s Interview about John Ireland with George Walker for Indiana University Public Media is available here….

The radio station featured tracks from the John Lenehan’s most recent CD of John Ireland throughout last week.


More reviews for Brahms CD


John Lenehan’s recording with Emma Johnson of the Brahms Sonatas and music by Mendelssohn and Schumann continues to receive excellent reviews from the press……

We owe an immense debt to Richard Mühlfeld. Brahms had retired when the Meiningen clarinettist’s artistry drew him back to composition, as a result of which we have the clarinet trio and quintet, and these two sonatas, as well as the late piano pieces and the Four Serious Songs. I have heard more fiery accounts of the F minor sonata’s first movement, but none that bring out so well its profound sadness. The 15-year-old Mendelssohn’s E flat sonata is a delightful discovery: any danger of excessive blandness is banished by Johnson’s beautiful phrasing and rich colours, and by Lenehan’s powerful playing.  David Cairns – Sunday Times

At Robert Anderson of the Music and Vision website writes  ‘Emma Johnson and John Lenehan make a fine partnership …’. His full review (which includes sound-bites) is only available to subscribers to the website.

Those with access to BBC Radio 3 can hear John and Emma playing live on “In Tune” shortly after 5.00 this evening……..




French Piano Music at Dillington House

As the finale of this weekend’s course devoted to the music of Debussy and Ravel at Dillington House in Somerset, John Lenehan will be playing the following programme:
Debussy Prélude à L’après midi d’un Faune (arr. Borwick)
Fauré Romance sans Paroles
Delibes Passepied
Chabrier Feuillet d’album
Satie Gymnopédies 4 and 5
Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales


Ravel Jeux d’eau
Debussy Reflets dans l’eau
Tansman Sonatine Transatlantique
Debussy Children’s Corner Suite

More information can be found here: 

Emma Johnson and John Lenehan on “In Tune” and a podcast from Gramophone

On April 25th Emma Johnson and John Lenehan will be guests on Radio Three’s “In Tune”. They will perform music by Brahms, Mendelssohn (from their new CD) and an excerpt from Jonathan Dove’s “Pied Piper” which they premiered in Southampton last month.

Emma Johnson is interviewed about the new disc and her partnership with John Lenehan in Gramophone’s latest podcast available now at:

New arrangement recorded for Universal…..

Nicola Benedetti and friends recently  recorded John Lenehan’s new arrangement of Carlos Gardel’s famous tango “Por Una Cabeza”. The work will feature on a new disc of violin music associated with films or composers who have written primarily for film – the main work being the marvelous concerto by Korngold. “Por Una Cabeza” has featured in many films – most recently (and perhaps most memorably) in “Scent of a Woman” starring Al Pacino. The new arrangement is scored for two violins, cello, accordion and piano and recorded by Nicola Benedetti with Alexander Sitkovetsky, Leonard Elschenbroich, Ksenija Sidorova  and  Alexei Grynyuk.

Brahms Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano – “A landmark disc”

John Lenehan’s latest CD is due out in a couple of weeks. Together with Emma Johnson he has recorded the Brahms Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano together with Mendelssohn’s early Sonata and Schumann’s Phantasiestücke Op 73. The disc (available on Nimbus Alliance) has already received the following glowing review from the Observer:

 At first it seems surprising that Emma Johnson has waited until now to record two pillars of the repertoire, Brahms’s opus 120 clarinet sonatas, but it soon becomes apparent why: these are the fruit of Brahms’s sunset years, works of profound maturity that require a deep understanding that only years of careful performance and interpretation can produce. The result is definitive; Johnson’s gorgeous tone evoking the reputed delicate, warm and unaffected sound of the sonatas’ dedicatee, Richard Mühlfeld. The Mendelssohn sonata, written when he was just 15, is a charming contrast, its youthful confidence beautifully captured by Johnson’s winning partnership with John Lenehan, which is most strikingly apparent in their triumphant reading of the Schumann Phantasiestücke. A landmark disc.

Recent reviews……..

Evening Songs has received many glowing reviews including this one from the Strad:

“Lloyd Webber has championed Delius’s Cello Concerto, and John Lenehan has revealed his affection for Ireland in recordings of his complete piano music. Add the two players together and you have ideal collaborators.” 

The Rochdale news wrote glowingly about John Lenehan’s recent appearance with Leland Chen…..

“It was an occasion for those present to be able to indulge their taste for everything that is best in the live performance of music written for such a combination of acoustic instruments and played by artistes who have long been sought after by audiences all over the world. There was to be no disappointment in this respect. For every note (and every silence) in their performance together was perfectly crafted to provide us with an experience of extraordinarily rare artistic accomplishment. As near perfect an aesthetic experience as is humanly possible.”

 Most reviews of the recent Ireland disc have concentrated on the Concerto and Legend –  this recent one was most enthused by the solo items…….

 “In many ways, the Rhapsody is the most persuasive and memorable item on this disc; indeed, it gives Lenehan the chance to flex expressive muscles only hinted at thus far. There’s an astonishing reach and scale to his playing, the listener swept along by the glittering torrent; moreover, there’s a focus and intensity to Ireland’s writing here that’s most impressive. A fine piece, superbly played and very well recorded in the sympathetic surroundings of the Music Room at Champs Hill. Ditto the even earlier Pastoral, whose soft edges belie the strength and formality of its content. Yet another pleasing example of Lenehan’s intuitive, unforced playing style.

And like most Indian summers Ireland’s balmy little piece is all too short, the three-movement Sea Idyll infused with a meandering lyricism that’s utterly enchanting. And Naxos have done a good job here; the piano’s range and colour are well preserved, the sound clear and clean. As if this weren’t talent enough, Lenehan reveals a flair for rhythm in the Three Dances; the Gypsy Dance has plenty of flicker and flash, the Country Dance reassuring in its plainness, Lenehan adroit in the turn-on-a-sixpence compactness of the Reapers’ Dance.

 This is a an excellent bargain. As for John Lenehan, I can’t imagine how I’ve missed a pianist of such talent, and I look forward to hearing more from him. As ever, the liner-notes are well written, and at budget price this CD is a good introduction to Ireland’s changing musical landscapes.”