ARTISTS

Myers, Thalia

Thalia
Myers
Piano

Thalia Myers has earned an international reputation as an exceptional pianist of wide-ranging musical sympathies. She has performed and broadcast as soloist and chamber musician in over thirty countries; she is dedicated equally to disseminating new works and reviving neglected older repertoire. Her repertoire and solo recordings, most recently on the Metronome, NMC and Usk labels, encompass music from the eighteenth century to the present and include five albums of contemporary works for solo piano.

A lifelong champion of new music, she has commissioned numerous works and given many first performances and première broadcasts of British works throughout the world. Composers who have written new works for her include David Bedford, Philip Cashian, Kim Helweg, Alun Hoddinott, Gabriel Jackson, Elisabeth Lutyens, Patrick Nunn, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Edwin Roxburgh, Timothy Salter and Howard Skempton.

Her combined interests in contemporary music, music education and the promotion of amateur music-making led her to commission the first of the award-winning Spectrum anthologies of short, musically uncompromising, technically accessible piano pieces in 1995. Published in 1996 by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, this was followed by Spectrum 2 (1999), Spectrum 3 (2001) and Spectrum 4 (2005). In 2000, collaborating with the Royal College of Music Junior Department, Bath Spa University College and  COMA (contemporary music-making for amateurs) she commissioned the Chamber Music Exchange, works of similar purpose for piano trio, string quartet and wind quintet.

 

Takenouchi, Hiroaki

Hiroaki
Takenouchi
Piano
Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone, Takenouchi’s curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity makes his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists: his love for the music of classical masters – particularly Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin – sits side by side with his passion for the music of Medtner, lesser-known British composers such as Sterndale Bennett and Parry, and the contemporary repertoire. As a soloist, he has recently appeared on many concert platforms including the Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City, the South Bank Centre. He has also performed at festivals in Bath, Cheltenham and Salzburg and given recitals in the UK, Japan, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy and Canada. His more unusual recent appearances include piano solo works by Sterndale Bennett specially recorded for BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week programme, the Rarities of Piano Repertoire Festival in Husum (Germany) and the BBC Four documentary The Prince and the Composer on the life and music of Parry alongside HRH The Prince of Wales. Takenouchi’s discography includes Haydn: 4 Sonatas (Artalinna), Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan (LORELT) as well as the world première recordings of works by James Dillon (NMC), Edwin Roxburgh (NMC) and Jeremy Dale Roberts (LORELT). 2012 saw two further releases: two piano arrangements of Delius’s orchestral works (SOMM with Simon Callaghan), and a highly acclaimed disc of piano concertos by Catoire and Sherwood (another world première recording) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Dutton Epoch). Since 2012 Takenouchi has been teaching piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow). He also returns every summer to give masterclasses at the Poros International Piano Academy (Greece) and Ingenium International Music Academy (UK).
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COMPOSER:

DESCRIPTION

This release brings together Roxburgh's complete works for piano solo and duo and is performed by a cast of outstanding pianists, including those who commissioned or premiered the works: together they bring their separate talents to this diverse body of work, a fitting tribute to Roxburgh's long career as a composer and teacher.

REVIEWS

'Music that requires great skill and insight finds it in these artists (several of whom are former Roxburgh pupils): in particular, Peter O'Hagan's account of the Sonata is a tour de force of intelligent virtuosity. Superbly detailed sound and informative notes from the composer. A disc spilling over with options for inquiring performers' Gramophone

PUBLISHING DETAILS

Edwin Roxburgh’s music is published by United Music Publishers.

 

 

RECORDING CREDITS

Reflets dans la glace was recorded at The Warehouse, London SE1 on 26 November 2006.

Engineer & Producer: JAMES SHANNON
All other works on this disc were recorded at The Warehouse on 29 June 2003.
Engineer: KEN BLAIR
Producer: ROSS POPLE
Mastering: JAMES SHANNON
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS

Design: FRANCOIS HALL

(P) 2007 NMC Recordings Ltd

Publisher:
United Music Publishers
Catalogue number:
NMC D132
Release Date:
11 June 2007