Recent festival performance now online

Highlights from Matthew Schellhorn’s recent recital at the Walled City Fesitval are now online.

Exploring a huge range of idioms, this recital of Irish contemporary piano music gave a survey of Irish music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and included two world premieres of newly commissioned works by Gráinne Mulvey and Nicola LeFanu (daughter of Dame Elizabeth Maconchy).

The programme included several pieces commissioned for the (AXA) Dublin International Piano Competition, and also made a special feature of the music of Ian Wilson, with whom Schellhorn has developed a close working relationship over the last decade.

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Matthew Schellhorn records Stations

Matthew Schellhorn returned to the studio this week to record Ian Wilson’s Stations.

Ian Wilson
Ian Wilson

Stations is a fourteen-movement work for solo piano inspired by the Catholic devotion of the Stations of the Cross – a narrative in fourteen scenes that relates to the events leading from Christ’s death sentence to his entombment. It was written for Matthew Schellhorn between 2006–07.

The work is divided into four Books and each Book is also performable as a separate entity. Matthew Schellhorn gave the world premiere of each Book separately between 2007 and 2008 and also gave the first complete performances of the work in 2009.

Recordings took place in the Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, between Wednesday 1 June and Friday 3 June 2011, and the disc is due to be released later this year.

Messiaen CD on BBC Radio 3

Messiaen: Chamber Works was played recently on Radio 3 Requests.

Chi-chi Nwanoku introduced requests from Radio 3 listeners.

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New Messiaen CD released

British pianist Matthew Schellhorn is joined by the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra in this recording of Olivier Messiaen's chamber works, including the eight-movement masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time, written while the composer was a prisoner of war and premiered in 1941 at the Stalag VIIIA camp in Silesia.

Marking one hundred years since the birth of the composer, the disc also includes the newly published Fantaisie for violin and piano (discovered after the composer's death) and the world première recording of a beautiful miniature for solo piano.

Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra

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