The Anglo-Dutch composer Gerard Schurmann, born in the East Indies in 1924 and based in the USA since 1981, first made his mark in Britain in the 1940s and '50s, as a pianist and composer, particularly of chamber music and, later, of film scores. His concert output is intense, passionate, tightly argued and charged with energy, but also infused with lyricism, as these four pieces demonstrate.
Alyssa Park, violin Mikhail Korzhev, piano
Leotaurus: Theme and Variations for Piano (1974t75) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0133/TOCC0133t06.mp3
Autumn Leaves for Violin and Piano (2007) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0133/TOCC0133t17.mp3
Contrasts for Piano (1972t73) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0133/TOCC0133t21.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0133EAN/UPC: 5060113441331Release Date: 13.02.2012Composer: Gerard Schurmann Artists: Alyssa Park, Mikhail Korzhev
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Andrew Clements :
“This Toccata collection of works for violin and piano and piano alone, neatly played by Alyssa Park and Mikhail Korzhev, is a reminder of the craftsmanship that characterises Schurmann’s music, and of his slightly brittle Stravinskyan style. Both the solo piano cycles, the theme and variations of Leotaurus and Contrasts, come from the mid-1970s, before Schurmann’s move across the Atlantic, while the Duo, the biggest, most impressive score here, was the first thing he composed after he settled in Los Angeles, and Autumn Leaves dates from 2007.” —Andrew Clements, The Guardian
Robert Maxham :
“While only tonal in a highly attenuated sense, Schurmann’s musical language never leaves listeners without clearly identifiable musical processes upon which to fasten their attention, and music so involving tends to pass very quickly — Schurmann’s certainly does. In Park’s and Korzhev’s poetic yet strong-minded performances, captured in clear recorded sound, the music reveals a great deal of fancy despite its rigor, and its shifting moods should provide a beguiling hour for almost any listener.” —Robert Maxham, Fanfare
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