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Michael Finnissy (b.1946): Beat Generation Ballads; First Political Agenda / Philip Thomas, piano

Album Summary

>Finnissy, Michael : First Political Agenda, for piano
>Finnissy, Michael : Beat Generation Ballads, for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

English composer and pianist Michael Finnissy (b. 1946) is known for the extremely demanding technique that he writes in his compositions. Finnissy is currently the Professor of composition at the University of Southhampton. This release is in honor of Finnissy's seventieth birthday. The two pieces on this release, First Political Agenda and Beat Generation Ballads, are receiving here their premiere recordings. Pianist Philip Thomas performs these works. He is a specialist in the performance of experimental and improvised music, and performs with the experimental music group Apartment House. "Listeners who have been following closely the music and development of Michael Finnissy over the past half-century, or who are familiar with his wide-ranging and prolific output, will be accustomed to being wrong-footed when hearing a new work. Finnissy is a master of counteracting supposed stylistic traits, continually enlarging his gamut of references, forms and notational practices... " (Philip Thomas)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Paul's Hall, Huddersfield (09/10/2015).



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Works Details

>Finnissy, Michael : First Political Agenda, for piano
  • Performer: Philip Thomas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989-2006

>Finnissy, Michael : Beat Generation Ballads, for piano
  • Performer: Philip Thomas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014