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Messiaen: La Fauvette Passerinette World Première Recording / Peter Hill, piano

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Miroirs
>MessiaenOlivier : Huit Préludes
>MessiaenOlivier : Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas, for piano, I/16
>MessiaenOlivier : Quatre Études de rythme
>Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Klavierstück VII, for piano
>Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Klavierstück VIII, for piano
>Anderson, Julian : Etude for piano no 1
>Benjamin, George : Three Studies for solo piano
>MessiaenOlivier : Catalogue d'oiseaux
>Dutilleux, Henri : D'ombre et de silence, prelude for piano (3 Préludes no 1)
>Sculthorpe, Peter : Night Pieces
>Young, Douglas : Dremlandscapes, Book 2
>MessiaenOlivier : La Fauvette Passerinette, suite for piano (incomplete)
>Murail, Tristan : Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire... (in memoriam Olivier Messiaen), for piano
>Takemitsu, Toru : Rain-Tree Sketch II, for piano
>MessiaenOlivier : Morceau de lecture à vue, for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Messiaen’s 1961 composition La Fauvette passerinette, which receives its world première on this recording, was discovered in 2012 by Peter Hill hidden amongst the composer’s papers. He gave the first public performance of the work in the autumn of 2013. With this recital recording, Hill returns to the music in which he first made his reputation, setting this glittering addition to Messiaen’s piano output in the context both of the composer’s own earlier works and of music by composers on whom Messiaen was a profound influence.

The Guardian, 22nd October 2014
La Fauvette Passerinette represents a path Messiaen never followed further...As Hill's performance shows, however, it's an utterly convincing and thrilling piece of piano writing - a fierce, sustained 11-minute study as rigorous as Messiaen's piano works of the late 1940s...Altogether, it is a hugely rewarding and important disc.

Sunday Times, 2nd November 2014
Hill has devised a fascinating sequence to contextualise this first recording of an 11-minute virtuoso piece he discovered in Messiaen's posthumous papers...as performed here, [it] is bitingly fresh and chattery, plausibly ornithological.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2014
Hill places the new work within an exceptionally well-crafted recital in which Messiaen's music is a recurrent thread in a span of resonances, influences and affinities...Whether in Dutilleux or Peter Sculthorpe, Murail or Takemitsu, Hill's provides a masterclass in capturing a composer's idiom with warmth and humanity.

The Times, 8th November 2014
What a discovery! La Fauvette Passerinette is a stunning 11-minute piano solo - joyous, syncopated and virtuosic...It was rediscovered recently by Peter Hill, who sends its birdsong-based fantasies soaring fabulously on a fascinating disc that puts the French maetre in the context of contemporaries...and pupils.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Hill's realisation forms a rewarding substantial centrepiece to this outstanding recital disc. The whole point is to put Messiaen himself in a stimulating context...The appeal of the disc is greatly enhanced by the exceptional quality of the recording, with every facet of Hill's uncompromisingly extensive expressive range vividly captured.

International Record Review, January 2015
This generously filled disc [is] a serious study for both concentrated and extended reading.

MusicWeb International, 7th January 2015
With a beautiful recorded balance equally capturing the subtle colours and drama of both the music and Peter Hill's performances, this is both a piano recording of demonstration quality and a musical experience to treasure.

Diapason, April 2015
He knows how to make a sound like bronze, like those pianists from before the first world war. There it is: you're hooked ... the depth of his sound, the kaleidoscope of attacks, the intelligence of the pedalling are unfailing.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Hill plays skillfully and authoritatively, producing more reverence than excitement. Messiaen is at his best when the birdsong is a spice. The sound is quite good; extensive notes in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014).



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>Ravel, Maurice : Miroirs :: Oiseaux tristes
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1905

>MessiaenOlivier : Huit Préludes :: La Colombe
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1929

>MessiaenOlivier : Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas, for piano, I/16
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>MessiaenOlivier : Quatre Études de rythme :: Ile de feu 1
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1950

>Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Klavierstück VII, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954-1955

>Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Klavierstück VIII, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954-1955

>Anderson, Julian : Etude for piano no 1
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Benjamin, George : Three Studies for solo piano :: Fantasy on Iambic Rhythm
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982-1985

>MessiaenOlivier : Catalogue d'oiseaux :: Le Traquet stapazin
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1958

>Dutilleux, Henri : D'ombre et de silence, prelude for piano (3 Préludes no 1)
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 07/1973

>Sculthorpe, Peter : Night Pieces :: Stars
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Young, Douglas : Dremlandscapes, Book 2 :: River
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977-1985

>MessiaenOlivier : La Fauvette Passerinette, suite for piano (incomplete)
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Murail, Tristan : Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire... (in memoriam Olivier Messiaen), for piano
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Takemitsu, Toru : Rain-Tree Sketch II, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>MessiaenOlivier : Morceau de lecture à vue, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Hill (Piano)
  • Notes: Reid Concert Hall, University of Edingurgh (03/23/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934