Gerard Schurmann: Music for Violin and Piano


Catalogue No: TOCC0133
EAN/UPC: 5060113441331
Release Date: 13.02.2012
Composer: Gerard Schurmann
Artists: Alyssa Park, Mikhail Korzhev

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

Listen To This Recording:

    Duo for Violin and Piano (1982t83)

  1. I. Intrada: Lento appassionato
  2. II. Ditirambo: Allegro molto
  3. III. Notturno: Adagio tranquillo ed espressivo
  4. IV. Burlesca: Presto
  5. V. Alba: Largo
  6. Leotaurus: Theme and Variations for Piano (1974t75)

  7. Theme – Tranquillo
  8. Variation 1 – Poco animato
  9. Variation 2 – Tempo come primo
  10. Variation 3 – Allegro molto
  11. Variation 4 – Presto
  12. Variation 5 – Andante cantabile
  13. Variation 6 – Moderato
  14. Variation 7 – Con moto
  15. Variation 8 – Vivace
  16. Variation 9 – Moderato
  17. Variation 10 – Allegro
  18. Autumn Leaves for Violin and Piano (2007)

  19. I. Andante con moto
  20. II. Arietta
  21. III. Allegro
  22. IV. Moderato
  23. Contrasts for Piano (1972t73)

  24. I. Cumulonimbus: Maestoso
  25. II. Summer Rain: Allegro capriccioso
  26. III. Becalmed: Lento, calmo ed espressivo
  27. IV. Undersun: Allegro maestoso – Presto

2 reviews for Gerard Schurmann: Music for Violin and Piano

  1. :

    “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

  2. :

    “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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