Adam Gorb: Piano Music

Catalogue No: TOCC0620
EAN/UPC: 5060113446206
Release Date: 2022-03-04
Composer: Adam Gorb
Artists: Clare Hammond

The 24 Preludes of Adam Gorb (born in Cardiff in 1958 and a feature of musical life in Manchester for over two decades) follow the examples of Chopin and Shostakovich in describing a cycle of fifths – though his descend, whereas Chopin’s and Shostakovich’s go up. Like those earlier exemplars, and as with the preludes of Debussy, Rachmaninov and others, Gorb’s are miniature studies of personality and mood – charming, brittle, perky, languorous, bat-flight fast, borderline violent or tender. His Velocity does what it says on the tin: it’s a wild, even manic, chase, over rhythmically dislocating ground.

Clare Hammond, piano

Listen To This Recording:

    24 Preludes (2019–20)

  1. No. 1 Prestissimo rit. throughout
  2. No. 2 Coming Together: Lento
  3. No. 3 Klezfest: Scherzando
  4. No. 4 Madam I’m Adam: Prestissimo
  5. No. 5 Tango for Two Saxophones and Broken Accordion: Andante pesante
  6. No. 6 Siciliano: Andantino with a lilt
  7. No. 7 Lift Off: Vivace energico –
  8. No. 8 Childhood Memory: Adagio
  9. No. 9 In the Cold Light of Day: Allegro pesante
  10. No. 10 The Girl with the White Parasol: Poco vivace leggiero
  11. No. 11 edulerP: Gravissimo accel.
  12. No. 12 Drums: Allegro
  13. No. 13 Sliding Doors: Allegretto vivace
  14. No. 14 Adagietto
  15. No. 15 Samatha: Gravissimo
  16. No. 16 Survivor: Lento rubato
  17. No. 17 Autumn Leaf: Allegro misterioso
  18. No. 18 Globalisation: Lento recitativo
  19. No. 19 Valse triste: Allegretto
  20. No. 20 Ouverture française: Vivace con brio
  21. No. 21 Prestissimo
  22. No. 22 Mini Mambo: Allegro molto
  23. No. 23 Birthday Bash: Prestissimo
  24. No. 24 Fugue: Grandioso – Andante tranquillo
  25. Velocity (2014)

  26. Prestissimo accelerando



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