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This CD celebrates two notable milestones in American music: the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter (to whom we dedicate the CD and who died two years after its release) and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Miklós Rózsa, who sadly is no longer with us. Each wrote just one Piano Sonata - of which this is currently the only recording of the Rózsa piece) and they are presented with the Fourth Sonata (the "Keltic") of Edward MacDowell. Splendid performances.

A second volume is projected in the future.


AUDIO SAMPLE: Miklos Rozsa Sonata - 3rd movement (beginning)






Elliott Carter: Piano Sonata
Miklós Rózsa: Piano Sonata
Edward MacDowell: Piano Sonata no. 4 in E
      minor ("Keltic")

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“Seivewright's remarkable talent contributes immeasurably to the cause of these sonatas and his attention to detail is indeed faultless. Some ‘tough' repertoire zestfully performed and captured in clean balanced sound.” – Gerald Fenech (Classical Net)

“[Seivewright's] pianism is fully up to [the three sonatas'] very different though equally formidable demands... the inlay features an eloquent endorsement from Elliott Carter [from 25 years ago] and the present account confirms that his identity with this piece remains undimmed. The disc is well recommended overall” – Richard Whitehouse (International Record Review)

“Bartok meets Hollywood in a score from a composer best known for film music... the last movement [of the Rozsa Sonata] is brilliantly brought off. Throughout, Seivewright exhibits a prodigious technique” – Peter Dickinson (Gramophone)

“This is an intriguing collection... [the Rozsa Sonata] is a powerful, tautly conceived Sonata. The Elliott Carter Sonata is a pivotal work in the creative life of our centenarian master. Seivewright approaches the work from a contemporary perspective, emphasizing the angularity and abstraction of the work. Seivewright certainly has the imprimatur of the composer...a riveting and energetic program” – Peter Burwasser (Fanfare)

“Carter called [Seivewright's performance of his Sonata] “breathtaking' and so it sounds here. Seivewright's performance [of the Rozsa] is lucid, expressive, and a bit stark. [He] makes the most of [the MacDowell ] sonata's heart-on-sleeve directness. He also offers detailed, authoritative notes.” – Sullivan (American Record Guide)

“Peter Seivewright is surely completely on top of the music. His attention to detail, particularly regarding the harmonic overtones, is superb and he has a piano and a recording engineer able to do justice to his interpretation.” – Jeremy Marchant (Fanfare)

“A rich and intriguing mix of music. An eminently rewarding reading [of the Carter], A fascinating program delivered with style and flair” – Colin Clarke (Fanfare)