"ONE OF THE MUSICAL DISCOVERIES AND REVELATIONS OF THE 21st CENTURY"
ERIK CHISHOLM: MUSIC FOR PIANO, volume 2
Erik Chisholm is not a well-known name but is one of the most important British composers of recent years, with a very large output of music in several genres. Much of his music is based on Scottish tunes, such as the Piobaireachd (bagpipe airs) which appear throughout his piano works. The acclaimed pianist Murray McLachlan has recorded the majority of his solo piano output for a total of 7 CDs all at mid-price.
|playing time: 78.42
direct sale price: $12.99
audio sample: Mermaid's Song (from Petite Suite)
10 Preludes from "24 Preludes from the True Edge of the Great World"
26 Airs from the Patrick MacDonald Collection
|review extracts: for full reviews click here|
“This new release has given me particular pleasure, and the music is accessible. Documentation and commentary by John Purser is impressive, and this series deserves wide dissemination.” – Peter Grahame Woolf (Musical Pointers)
|“I can hardly imagine anyone wanting just a single volume of this collection of piano music; this is possibly one of the most important single contributions to British piano music alongside that of Bax, Ireland, Sorabji, Hoddinott and Cyril Scott.. [The Sonata] is an undoubted masterpiece. Murray McLachlan has made an important contribution to the literature of British piano music. Moreover, McLachlan has been well served by the fine recording.. the learned programme notes are a joy to read. I look forward to hearing the subsequent Cds in this eye-opening cycle with great anticipation and enthusiasm. It is one of the musical discoveries and revelations of the twenty-first century. – John France (MusicWeb) joint review of volumes 1-4)|
|“These four CDs... already provide evidence of one of the most important oeuvres for the instrument of any British composer. McLachlan's achievement in presenting this huge and hugely neglected body of piano music deserves enormous praise” – Martin Anderson (International Piano – joint review of vols 1-4)|
|“McLachlan is supremely sensitive...just as he is unafraid. This is a superb series of discs that will either individually or collectively act as a splendid introduction to Chisholm's intriguing music.” – Colin Clarke (Fanfare – joint review of vols 1-4)|
|"Short, cleverly written miniatures of charm, wit and sometimes ear-tickling enjoyment. McLachlan plays all this with full musical skill" - Becker (American Record Guide)|
“Newcomers to Chisholm's piano music will invariably find it profoundly musical characteristics first, it is supremely well written for the keyboard, by a composer who we know was a keyboard virtuoso himself- there is nothing ‘unpianistic' in his writing. There is deeply creative musical intelligence at work here. [This CD] explores what one might term Chisholm the miniaturist, The first Prelude is a quite wonderfully unique gem – a description which can be applied to every other track here.'” – Robert Matthew-Walker (International Record Review)