Matthews: Music for Piano
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David Matthews: Music for Piano

Catalogue Number: TOCC0166
EAN: 5060113441669
Release Date: 4 March 2013
Duration: 55:30

Piano Concerto, Op. 111
Piano Sonata, Op. 47
Variations for Piano, Op. 72
Two Dionysus Dithyrambs, Op. 94
One to Tango, Op. 51d

Laura Mikkola, piano
Orchestra Nova, orchestra
George Vass, conductor

In his piano music, as in his symphonies and string quartets, the English composer David Matthews (b. 1943) marries the idiom of classical tradition with that of his own day. His 2009 Piano Concerto, Mozartian in spirit, contains both a tango and a blues; his Piano Sonata of 1989 includes jazz elements, and his 1997 Variations feature both blues and a homage to Beethoven. The moods range from contemplative introspection to fiery, rhythmic energy, captured here in feisty performances by the Finnish pianist Laura Mikkola, whom the composer describes as ‘a marvellous exponent of my music’.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 55:30
1-4 Piano Concerto, Op. 111 (2009)

David Matthews, composer
Laura Mikkola, piano
Orchestra Nova, orchestra
George Vass, conductor

(first recording)
18:34
1 I Con moto moderato 6:02 play
2 II Tango: Tempo di tango energico 2:46 play
3 III Elegy: Largo e mesto 4:51 play
4 IV Allegro con spirito 4:55 play
5-7 Piano Sonata, Op. 47 (1989)

David Matthews, composer
Laura Mikkola, piano

(first recording)
12:45
5 I Allegro molto e ritmico 6:46 play
6 II Andante 3:12 play
7 III Allegro 2:47 play
8-32 Variations for Piano, Op. 72 (1997)

David Matthews, composer
Laura Mikkola, piano

(first recording)
15:23
8 Theme: Allegro 0:29 play
9 Var. 1: L’istesso tempo 0:21 play
10 Var. 2: Poco più sostenuto 0:24 play
11 Var. 3: Vivace e leggiero 0:27 play
12 Var. 4: Un poco solenne 0:35 play
13 Var. 5: Presto leggiero 0:31 play
14 Var. 6: Allegro moderato 0:29 play
15 Var. 7: Allegro drammatico 0:29 play
16 Var. 8: Scherzando 0:26 play
17 Var. 9: Molto vivace 0:26 play
18 Var. 10: Scorrevole 0:26 play
19 Var. 11: Presto ludovicioso 0:22 play
20 Var. 12: Allegro 0:24 play
21 Var. 13: Allegro di galoppo 0:24 play
22 Var. 14: L’istesso tempo 0:20 play
23 Var. 15: Con molta anima 0:41 play
24 Var. 16: Slow blues 1:30 play
25 Var. 17: Allegretto con precisione 0:30 play
26 Var. 18: Andante appassionato 0:42 play
27 Var. 19: Poco maestoso 0:51 play
28 Var. 20: Moderate blues 0:47 play
29 Var. 21: Allegro 0:28 play
30 Var. 22: Lento e mesto 1:34 play
31 Var. 23: Quasi recitativo, con licenza 1:05 play
32 Var. 24: Andantino semplice 0:42 play
33-34 Two Dionysus Dithyrambs, Op. 94 (2007 and 2004)

David Matthews, composer
Laura Mikkola, piano

(first recording)
5:49
33 No. 1 With steady, calm movement 2:51 play
34 No. 2 Esultante 2:58 play
35 One to Tango, Op. 51d (1990, arr. 1993)

David Matthews, composer
Laura Mikkola, piano

(first recording)
2:59
35 Tempo di tango 2:59 play

Artists

David Matthews

David Matthews, composer
[credit: Richard Wakefield]

Laura Mikkola

Laura Mikkola, piano
[credit: Heikki Tuuli 2011]

Orchestra Nova

Orchestra Nova, orchestra

George Vass

George Vass, conductor

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