Discography

 

Herbert Howells: Piano Music, Vol. 1

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Naxos 8.571382 | Released 10/07/2020

 
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Herbert Howells: Piano Music, Vol. 1

    • Description
      With this album, Matthew Schellhorn sheds new light on Herbert Howells as a truly significant 20th-century composer for the piano. From the charming Summer Idyls, written before the composer began studies at the Royal College of Music, to the mature and subtle movements of the Petrus Suite, we encounter an extraordinary range of pianistic expression. Spanning over 60 years of Howells’ compositional style, every track on this release is a world premiere recording.
    • Tracks
      1 Phantasy (1917) [4:57]
      2 Harlequin Dreaming (1918) [3:21]
      3 My Lord Harewood's Galliard (1949) [1:08]
      4 Finzi: His Rest (1956) [4:22]
      5–11 Summer Idyls (1911) [23:36]
      12 Siciliana (1958) [3:11]
      13–14 Pavane and Galliard (1964) [7:23]
      15–21 Petrus Suite (1967–73) [17:21]
    • Reviews
      “The music world was unaware that, throughout a long life, [Howells] had a secret passion for writing piano pieces that he gave to friends and pupils as presents. … Matthew Schellhorn is breathing life into them.” —The Yorkshire Post ★★★★★

      “A most pleasing discovery … Schellhorn is a worthy Howells disciple. The disc’s sound quality is outstanding.” —David’s Review Corner
     

    Colin Riley: Shenanigans

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    NMC Recordings NMC D241 | Released 20/10/2017

     
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    Colin Riley: Shenanigans

      • Description
        In this album of Colin Riley’s music, Matthew Schellhorn performs his second commission from the composer, As the Tender Twilight Covers, premiered at York Late Music in 2016.
        sensitive playing from Matthew Schellhorn
        Gramophone
      • Tracks
        1–3 Three Movements [18:05]
        4–9 Lyric Pieces [27:00]
        10–15 Shenanigans [16:40]
        16 As the Tender Twilight Covers [9:04]
      • Reviews
        “Every sound is precisely conceived. The performances sparkle with character” —Financial Times

        “Those responsive to, say, the deft poise of Howard Skempton or the barbed wit of Laurence Crane will find much to engage and absorb them” —Gramophone

        “Wry, understated and slightly bonkers” —The Guardian ★★★★

        “Riley frames moments of real sincerity in his music with moment of frivolousness – a unique indie voice” —BBC Radio Scotland
       

      Bush & Horovitz: Songs

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      Naxos 8.571378 | Released 14/07/2017

       
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      Bush & Horovitz: Songs

        • Description
          Matthew Schellhorn partners soprano Susanna Fairbairn in performances of the songs of Geoffrey Bush and Joseph Horovitz, including several world premiere recordings.
          a splendidly stylish and communicative alliance
          Gramophone
        • Tracks
          Geoffrey Bush
          1–7 Mirabile Misterium (A Great and Mighty Wonder) [15:13]
          8–10 3 Songs of Ben Jonson [7:43]
          11 Cuisine Provençal [5:29]
          Joseph Horovitz
          12 Foie-Gras [5:09]
          13 Romance [2:26]
          14 The Garden of Love [2:59]
          15 Lady Macbeth [9:03]
          16 Zum 11ten März [4:35]
          17 Malicious Madrigal [2:09]
          Geoffrey Bush
          18 Love for Such a Cherry Lip [1:28]
          19–28 Archy at the Zoo [9:55]
          29–37 Yesterday [13:12]
        • Reviews
          “The stylistic similarities between the two [composers] makes for an appealing unity; and soprano Susanna Fairbairn, ably supported by pianist Matthew Schellhorn, champions both composers with sensitivity and a feeling for the texts.” —American Record Guide

          “Soprano Susanna Fairbairn is in delectably fresh voice throughout, and she forges a splendidly stylish and communicative alliance with her accompanist Matthew Schellhorn. They have been very well recorded, and there are also useful booklet notes.” —Gramophone

          “A prominent performer of new music, Matthew Schellhorn’s clean-cut playing has been well captured in an ideally balanced recording.” —David’s Review Corner
         

        Patrick Nunn: Morphosis

        Red Sock Records RSR003CD

        Red Sock Records RSR003CD | Released 01/02/20167

         
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        Patrick Nunn: Morphosis

          • Description
            Performing with the composer himself and others Matthew Schellhorn gives performances of Patrick Nunn’s Isochronous and Transilent Fragments.
            clarity of concept, imaginative textures and integrity
            British Composer Awards
          • Tracks
            1 Morphosis [9:09]
            2 … of bones and muscle [2:04]
            3 Shadowplay [7:34]
            4 Mercurial Sparks, Volatile Shadows [4:47]
            5 Lamellae [1:22]
            6 Sprite [2:40]
            7 Gonk [6:04]
            8 Pareidolia I [10:22]
            9 Isochronous [6:02]
            10 Transilient Fragments [5:45]
            11–18 Eight Cryptograms [11:38]
            19 Into my burning veins a poison [7:06]
           

          Ian Wilson: Stations

          Diatribe Records DIACD016

          Diatribe Records DIACD016 | Released 06/04/2014

           
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          Ian Wilson: Stations

            • Description
              Ian Wilsons piano masterpiece, Stations, was written for Matthew Schellhorn and composed over a two-year period. Released on Diatribe Records, Irelands leading label for new music.
              Schellhorn’s performance is assured and definite, giving life to Wilson’s music
              Culture Northern Ireland
            • Tracks
              1–14 Stations [72:41]
            • Reviews
              “Matthew Schellhorn's committed approach is aided by his unfailing technique to bring out the best of this extraordinary construction. His beautifully shaped performance is also well served by an excellent recording allowing for a natural piano sound that never sounds aggressive even in the more forceful moments. … Ian Wilson's Stations is a major addition to the piano repertoire of the twenty-first century.” —MusicWeb International

              “Both Wilson's composition and Schellhorn's performance of it are remarkable. The painstaking precision taken over each set of pieces, from the melodiously discordant to the rebate of gentler phrases, is overwhelming. From the beginning the incredible difficulty and technical skill required to play this masterpiece are displayed by Schellhorn, yet with his proficient touch mastering Liszt-like leaps, it becomes clearly evident that he is the pianist to perform Stations.” —Musical Opinion

              “The stations of Ian Wilson’s 72-minute solo piano work are the Stations of the Cross. While the music is not intended to be programmatic, it doesn’t eschew programmatic effects. Wilson has chosen to name his 14 movements simply as Stations 1–14, but the specific scene and emotional charge of each station were clearly in his mind and can be felt as well in parts of the work, although it remains altogether more contemplative than pictorial. The musical style is polyglot (occasional flavours from Feldman and Messiaen stand out without being disruptive), the manner often obsessive, the mood concentrated. Matthew Schellhorn plays with a control that matches the determination and focus of the work as a whole.” —The Irish Times

              “Wilson builds his spare yet rigorous reflections on the Stations of the Cross towards dramatic climaxes. Matthew Schellhorn's crisp, committed performance avoids melodrama and sentimentality.” —BBC Music Magazine
             

            Mulvey: Akanos

            Navona Records NV5943

            Navona Records NV5943 | Released 04/02/2014

             
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            Mulvey: Akanos

              • Description
                Matthew Schellhorn performs Steel-grey splinters, commissioned from Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey, on this release of finely crafted and thought-provoking works.
                dark, edgy, roiling music
                Chicago Classical Review
              • Tracks
                1 Akanos [8:47]
                2 Shifting Colours [10:15]
                3 Steel-grey Splinters [9:52]
                4 The Gift of Freedom [8:35]
                5 Soundscape III [13:28]
                6 Syzgy [12:17]
                7 The Seafarer [12:04]
              • Reviews
                “Gráinne Mulvey gives the impression of being a composer who’s besotted with sound itself.” —The Irish Times

                “There are some present-day composers one takes to almost naturally … Thoroughly recommended for those who respond to well-wrought avant classical.” —Classical-Modern Music Review
               

              Outside

              Nonclassical NONCLSS013

              Nonclassical NONCLSS013 | Released 31/10/2011

               
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              Outside

                • Description
                  Matthew Schellhorn features on the debut album of Aisha Orazbayeva, featuring works by Ravel, Salvatore Sciarrino, Peter Zinovieff / Aisha Orazbayeva, and Helmut Lachenmann. A deeply personal album, with a raw, heartfelt recording of Ravel’s Violin Sonata – and a refreshing change from straightforward classical CD programming.
                  Profoundly radical and inventive… an album of pure classical dynamite
                  The Sound Projector
                • Tracks
                  Salvatore Sciarrino
                  1–4 6 Caprices (I; III; V; VI) [24:28]
                  Maurice Ravel
                  5 Sonata for Violin & Piano (I) [8:08]
                  Aisha Orazbayeva & Peter Zinovieff
                  6–10 5 Bagatelles from OUR [14:25]
                  Aisha Orazbayeva
                  11 Pchela i Babachka [2:12]
                  Helmut Lachenmann
                  12. Russian Song [4:14]
                • Reviews
                  “Fascinating interpretation ... You need to hear it” —Wire

                  “Profoundly radical and inventive ... music so strange that you can taste it ... an album of pure classical dynamite” —The Sound Projector

                  “An innovative sense of adventure ... Yet another imaginative and compelling disc from Nonclassical” —I Care If You Listen

                  “A hugely adventurous offering” —The Strad

                  “As sharp and merciless as a white-hot needle ... Outside is bracingly, delightfully weird” —Muso
                 

                Messiaen: Chamber Works

                Signum Classics SIGCD126

                Signum Classics SIGCD126 | Released 30/06/2008

                 
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                Messiaen: Chamber Works

                  • Description
                    Matthew Schellhorn is joined by the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra in this recording of Messiaen's chamber works, including the monumental Quatuor pour la fin du Temps. Featuring the world premiere recording of Morceau de concert à vue for piano solo, this album won an AllMusic Classical Editors’ Favourite award.
                    A heart-stoppingly beautiful performance ... stellar version ★★★★★
                    All Music Guide (USA)
                  • Tracks
                    1 Fantaisie [9:04]
                    2–9 Quatuor pour la fin du Temps [45:47]
                    10 Le Merle noir [6:27]
                    11 Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes [3:14]
                    12 Morceau de lecture à vue [1:59]
                  • Reviews
                    “A sublime performance ... a heart-stoppingly beautiful performance ... The instrumental blend is gorgeous ... the effect is overwhelming listeners who love Quatuor pour la fin du Temps owe it to themselves to hear this stellar version.” ★★★★★ AllMusic

                    “Matthew Schellhorn and soloists of the Philharmonia orchestra offer a fine, solid ensemble performance. The music for the full quartet is very well done indeed and the performance is technically assured throughout. Signum has provided a clear recorded sound ... luxuriantly expressive ... The effect is powerful and chilling.” —International Record Review

                    “The main find is Signum’s first recording of a miniature sight-reading test piece from 1934 – gentle, lullaby-like, with enough harmonic density to keep students alert. This, together with Le merle noir and the late movement for piano quintet, completes a worthwhile and distinctive release.” —Gramophone

                    “A marvellous performance of the recently rediscovered Fantaisie for violin and piano. The disc also has the first recording of Morceau de lecture à vue, an utterly charming sight-reading piece from 1934. Schellhorn naturally passes the test with flying colours. Fine performances ... by turns poetic and dramatic ... compelling. Schellhorn’s playing is a major asset.” —BBC Music Magazine

                    “What binds this recording together is the excellent playing of pianist Schellhorn, praised in the notes by Loriod herself. His keyboard performances fascinate and enliven the ear and mind.” —Fanfare

                    “Listening to Matthew Schellhorn and the soloists from the Philharmonia made me feel close to the spirit of ‘simple’ faith that must have shone through the spartan conditions in which it was first played.” —MusicWeb International