Recordings

Critical acclaim for Margaret Ann Ireland’s concert performances soon led the pianist to the recording studio. In 1963 and 1964 several recordings were created, capturing the spirit of this "spontaneous and greatly talented" artist.

  • Schubert Impromptus, Opus 90 - Rachmaninoff 6 Preludes from Opus 23. 1963. Cap SW-6058

Of her many recordings, Margaret Ann Ireland's personal favorites come from this collection. The following audio clip beautifully demonstrates  “her strong and vital playing, the freedom with which she performed, her sensitivity, her musical intelligence.”

Rachmaninoff Prelude in E flat from Opus 23:

(Copies of this recording are included in the collection of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Margaret Ann Ireland fonds)

  • Chopin Sonata, Opus 35 - Tansman Suite dans le style ancien - Szymanowski 4 Mazurkas. 1964. Cap SW-6065
One reviewer praised Margaret Ann Ireland's artistry, commenting, "she interpreted the tragedy of Chopin's Sonata opus 35 as an artist of rank."
(Copies of this recording are included in the collection of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Margaret Ann Ireland fonds)
 
  • Villa-Lobos 'Ciclo Brasileiro' from Bachianas Brasileiras - Granados 'Suite' from Goyescas. 1963. Cap SW-6057
Margaret Ann Ireland's interpretation of 'Ciclo Brasileiro' won her international acclaim. A Stockholm critic enthused; "she appeared created for … 'Ciclo Brasileiro'. The sparkling temperament and suggestive rhythm of the work were interpreted brilliantly."  In Hanover, a reviewer felt the work "showed the pianist in the glory of her extraordinary perfection."
(Copies of this recording are included in the collection of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Margaret Ann Ireland fonds)