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Ronald Stevenson (b.1928): Piano Music / Murray McLachlan, piano

Album Summary

>Stevenson, Ronald : Komm, susser Tod, for piano (after Bach's BWV 478)
>Stevenson, Ronald : Prelude & Chorale, for piano ("An Easter Offering")
>Stevenson, Ronald : L'Art nouveau du chant applique, song transcriptions for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Scottish Balads
>Stevenson, Ronald : Fugue on a Fragment of Chopin
>Stevenson, Ronald : Pensees sur des Preludes de Chopin, for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Variations-Study on a Chopin Waltz, for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Etudette d'apres Korsakov et Chopin, for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Contrapuntal Studies (3) on Chopin Waltzes, for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Le festin d'Alkan, concerto for piano, without orchestra (Petit concert en forme d'etudes pour piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Sonata for Piano no 1 in G minor (after Ysaye)
>Stevenson, Ronald : Sonata for Piano no 2 (after Ysaye)
>Stevenson, Ronald : Norse Elegy for Ella Nygaard, for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Canonic Caprice on "The Bat," for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Fantasy for mechanical organ, transcription for piano (after Mozart's K 608)
>Stevenson, Ronald : Romanze, for piano (after Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466)
>Stevenson, Ronald : Melody on a ground of Glazunov, for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Ricordanza di San Romerio, a pilgrimage for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Grounds (3), for piano (after Purcell)
>Stevenson, Ronald : Toccata for piano (after Purcell)
>Stevenson, Ronald : Little Jazz Variations on Purcell's New Scotch Tune, for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Hornpipe for piano (after Purcell)
>Stevenson, Ronald : The Queen's Dolour (A farewell), for piano (after Purcell)
>Stevenson, Ronald : Music Portraits (2), for piano
>Stevenson, Ronald : Elizabethan Pieces (3) for piano (after John Bull)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Born on March 6 1928 in Blackburn, Lancashire to working class parents of Scots and Welsh ancestry, Stevenson is an extraordinary figure: a composer-pianist in the grand tradition who always worked with the highest ideals and fierce integrity. He composed nearly 500 piano pieces that are colorful and approachable.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Ronald Stevenson wrote about 25 pieces collectively called L'Art Nouveau du Chant Applique au Piano, and his Society has published two volumes of them so far. The songs are by Coleridge-Taylor, Meyerbeer, Rachmaninoff, Ivor Novello, and others. Stevenson was inspired by Thalberg's cycle of the same title. They are more than mere transcriptions, of course, and are enjoyable and sometimes stunning. There are several other transcriptions: Bach ('Komm, Snsser Tod'), Mozart (Fantasy for Mechanical Organ, K 608; Romance from Piano Concerto 20), and Purcell (three grounds, a toccata, and 'Little Jazz Variations on the "New Scotch Tune"'. The last comes nowhere close to rewarding the curiosity provoked by the title.) They are enjoyable. The Mozart Fantasy is a straightforward transcription of what sounds like a conservative Baroque fantasy and fugue in the first half; the second part is more like the Wolfgang we know and love. 'Canonic Caprice on The Bat' is a humorous, schmaltzy Strauss romp that Horowitz would've turned into encore gold. The Thoughts on the Preludes of Chopin (one of which is a strange combination of Chopin with 'The Flight of the Bumble-Bee') and the Three Contrapuntal Studies on Chopin Waltzes are similar expansions and elaborations. Le Festin d'Alkan, a concerto for solo piano, is a bit like Sorabji. This release will be required for followers of Stevenson, of course, and listeners interested in Sorabji, Alkan, Busoni, et al., should consider it as well.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Man.



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Works Details

>Stevenson, Ronald : Komm, süsser Tod, for piano (after Bach's BWV 478)
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-01-26&2010-02-03&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : Prelude & Chorale, for piano ("An Easter Offering")
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-01-26&2010-02-03&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : L'Art nouveau du chant appliqué, song transcriptions for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-01-26&2010-02-03&2010-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : Scottish Balads :: Scottish Balad no 1 "Lord Randal"
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-01-26&2010-02-03&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Stevenson, Ronald : Fugue on a Fragment of Chopin
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-01-26&2010-02-03&2010-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Stevenson, Ronald : Pénsées sur des Préludes de Chopin, for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-01-26&2010-02-03&2010-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : Variations-Study on a Chopin Waltz, for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-01-26&2010-02-03&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : Etudette d'après Korsakov et Chopin, for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-01-26&2010-02-03&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : Contrapuntal Studies (3) on Chopin Waltzes, for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-01-26&2010-02-03&2010-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : Le festin d'Alkan, concerto for piano, without orchestra (Petit concert en forme d'études pour piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-02-24&2010-04-14&2010-)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1997

>Stevenson, Ronald : Sonata for Piano no 1 in G minor (after Ysaÿe)
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-02-24&2010-04-14&2010-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 11/1981-01/1982

>Stevenson, Ronald : Sonata for Piano no 2 (after Ysaÿe)
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-02-24&2010-04-14&2010-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 11/1981-01/1982

>Stevenson, Ronald : Norse Elegy for Ella Nygaard, for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-02-24&2010-04-14&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976-1979

>Stevenson, Ronald : Canonic Caprice on "The Bat," for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (2010-02-24&2010-04-14&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : Fantasy for mechanical organ, transcription for piano (after Mozart's K 608)
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : Romanze, for piano (after Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466)
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : Melody on a ground of Glazunov, for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stevenson, Ronald : Ricordanza di San Romerio, a pilgrimage for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>Stevenson, Ronald : Grounds (3), for piano (after Purcell)
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Stevenson, Ronald : Toccata for piano (after Purcell)
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Stevenson, Ronald : Little Jazz Variations on Purcell's New Scotch Tune, for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Stevenson, Ronald : Hornpipe for piano (after Purcell)
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 01/1995

>Stevenson, Ronald : The Queen's Dolour (A farewell), for piano (after Purcell)
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Stevenson, Ronald : Music Portraits (2), for piano
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Stevenson, Ronald : Elizabethan Pieces (3) for piano (after John Bull)
  • Performer: Murray McLachlan (Piano)
  • Notes: Haden-Freeman Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Manchester, England (10/21/2009/01/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950