Variations for Piano, Op.72
|Category|| ||Chamber Music > Instrumental - Piano|
|Duration (approx)|| ||16 minutes|
|Recording(s)|| ||David Matthews - Music for Piano|
|Publisher|| ||Faber Music|
Mrs Ursula King, with additional funding from the Arts Council of England.
|First performance|| ||12 July 1997|
|Venue|| ||Astor Theatre, Deal Summer Music Festival|
|Soloists / Players|| ||Ian Fountain (piano)|
|Review|| ||Peter Davies, Piano Journal, Autumn 1998|
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There are twenty-four variations on the short original theme, all of which are clearly related to it. Although each variation is obviously contrasted in relation to its neighbours, there is a strong sense of overall design connecting the whole. The first fifteen variations are mainly fast and become progressively more involved technically and harmonically, reaching a climax with the last three which form a linked section.The mood and tempo then suddenly melts beautifully into a slow blues, which marks the beginning of the generally more relaxed final nine variations. The work ends with a gentle and simple harmonisation of the theme. The clarity of presentation is first-rate, and the work comes highly recommended as a whole.
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