premiere recordings and piano impromptus
PIATTI QUARTET: ALBION REFRACTED
The Piatti Quartet present British music for string quartet, including two
world premieres by Joseph Phibbs and Mark-Anthony
Turnage alongside works by Britten and Bridge.The inspiration for the
album began with their commission of Joseph Phibbs’ String Quartet No 1 in
2014, premiered at the Rye Arts Festival, where audiences were enthusiastic to
hear the work again.
The finale to this British-themed compendium owes its inclusion to the
Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, where the Piatti Quartet
won a special prize in 2015 for a performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s piece Contusion.
This is the world-premiere recording of Twisted
Blues with Twisted Ballad, premiered in 2010 by the Belcea
Quartet. In this piece the outer movements draw on themes by Led
Zeppelin, from Dazed and Confused and Stairway to
Heaven and the central movement is dedicated to Fausto Moroni,
long-term partner of the composer Hans Werner Henze with whom Turnage studied.
KATYA APEKISHEVA: IMPROMPTUS
Well-known for her chamber collaborations and piano duo with Charles
Owen – with whom she is artistic director of the London Piano Festival –
this is Katya’s first solo disc on Champs Hill Records, on which she
brings her artistry to Impromptus by Scriabin, Faure and Chopin. She says: “In the
last few years I have been drawn to Fauré’s music with its rich textures and
sensuous, dark, hypnotic harmonies. I discovered his Impromptus which are
perhaps partly because of their very virtuoso writing.”
The Scriabin Impromptus
are similarly underrepresented in the discography and are programmed here
alongside jewels in the piano repertoire, the Chopin Impromptus.
“These very different composers’ styles complement each other yet
there is a common romantic thread running through; and I thought that,
together, they would make a very beautiful programme centred around the
“Apekisheva has fabulous technique, with
lovely rounded sound and deeply wrought legato…” — BBC Music Magazine