‘Ireland’s faery touch’. So did an unknown writer in the Birmingham Weekly Post head his short review of Decca’s new recording of Ireland’s Third Piano Trio in 1939. The words are worth quoting for their poetic receptivity to the composer’s music:
John Ireland is a composer for whom I have a special liking, perhaps because I used to enjoy playing some of his simpler pianoforte music, perhaps because the sort of Celtic twilight that fills his work makes a particular appeal to my temperament. In it there is a touch of glamour and of the light that never was on land or sea.