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David Matthews: Piano Concerto Op. 111; Piano Sonata. Op. 74; Variatinos for Piano, Op. 72 et al. / Laura Mikkola, piano

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>Matthews, David : Concerto for piano & orchestra, Op. 111
>Matthews, David : Piano Sonata, Op. 47
>Matthews, David : Variations for piano, Op. 72
>Matthews, David : Dionysus Dithyrambs (2), for piano, Op. 94
>Matthews, David : One to Tango, for piano, Op. 51d

Album Summary

>Matthews, David : Concerto for piano & orchestra, Op. 111
>Matthews, David : Piano Sonata, Op. 47
>Matthews, David : Variations for piano, Op. 72
>Matthews, David : Dionysus Dithyrambs (2), for piano, Op. 94
>Matthews, David : One to Tango, for piano, Op. 51d
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Notes & Reviews:

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 further blues and a homage to Beethoven. The mood of the music on this CD ranges from contemplative introspection to fiery, rhythmic energy. David Matthews describes the Finnish pianist Laura Mikkola as 'a marvelous exponent of my music'. This disc is released to mark David Matthews' 70th birthday in March.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
David Matthews's 2009 Piano Concerto, with string orchestra, is an approachable, joyfully tonal work that should appeal to pianists and audiences seeking a diverting, fresh 20-minute extension of the worlds of Britten and Tippett, with excellent craftsmanship and minimal complication. There is a sonata form I, a vivacious tango as "minuet" substitute, a very beautiful slow movement, and a finale with a stab at a Big Tune as the second theme. There is a sonata form I, a vivacious tango as "minuet" substitute, a very beautiful slow movement, and a finale with a stab at a Big Tune as the second theme. It's pretty exciting, and like most of this composer's work is unfailingly musical. The 1997 Variations is an imaginative and very effective set built. Dionysus Dithyrambs (2007, 2004) are two brief pieces inspired by Nietzsche. Tristan gets up to dance in the final piece on the program, 'One to Tango' (1990, rev. 1993), a pleasant. This should be of interest to pianists looking for high-quality end of century repertoire. The excellent Finnish pianist Laura Mikkola acquits herself nobly.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Pamoja Hall, The Space Performing Arts Centre, Sevenoak (10/25/2012-10/26/2012).



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Works Details

>Matthews, David : Concerto for piano & orchestra, Op. 111
  • Performer: Laura Mikkola (Piano)
  • Conductor: George Vass
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Nova
  • Running Time: 17 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009

>Matthews, David : Piano Sonata, Op. 47
  • Performer: Laura Mikkola (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Matthews, David : Variations for piano, Op. 72
  • Performer: Laura Mikkola (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Matthews, David : Dionysus Dithyrambs (2), for piano, Op. 94
  • Performer: Laura Mikkola (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Matthews, David : One to Tango, for piano, Op. 51d
  • Performer: Laura Mikkola (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993