This fourth Toccata Classics album of the chamber music of Gerard Schurmann – born in the former Dutch East Indies in 1924, naturalised Briton and now a resident of Los Angeles – adds two major song-cycles (one of them written for Britten and Pears) and works for flute and piano to the mix, in a distinctly personal language derived from influences ranging from Javanese gamelan to Bartók and Britten. Schurmann’s music somehow manages to blend elegant intensity and touching lyricism, with a result balanced between strength and sensitivity.
Randall Bills, tenor; Tracks 1-7, 16-21
Maxim Rubtsov, flute
Mark Robson, piano; Tracks 1-7, 9-12, 13-21
Mikhail Korzhev, piano; Track 13
Moonbird for solo flute (1998)*
Four Pastoral Preludes for Piano (2012)*
Sonatina for Flute and Piano (1968)*
Two Ballads for Piano: Homage to Janáçek (1981-83)
Six Songs of William Blake (1956. rev. 1997 and 2018)
ALL EXCEPT* FIRST RECORDINGS
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Catalogue No: TOCC0520EAN/UPC: 5060113445209Release Date: 01.06.2019Composer: Gerard Schurmann Artists: Mark Robson,
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