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Stevenson: Passacaglia On Dsch / Ronald Stevenson


Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 5650   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

British composer and pianist Ronald Stevenson turned 80 in March of 2008 and to celebrate APR issued his near legendary first recording, made in 1964, of his magnum opus, the Passacaglia on DSCH. Stevenson has remained somewhat outside the mainstream of British 20th century music as he has maintained the tradition of composer/pianist. He is a magnificent performer himself, and sees himself as most influenced by the likes of Busoni and Grainger. Born in Lancashire he studied in Manchester but has lived for over 50 years in West Linton, Scotland.

The Passacaglia on DSCH has been described as the longest single movement in the piano literature and is based on a seven bar theme derived from the musical notes (in German notation)
Read more contained in the name Dmitri Schostakovich. The work was completed in 1962 and a copy presented to the Russian composer at the Edinburgh Festival that year. It is one of those works which seems much shorter than its length, such is the onward drive of its kaleidoscopically brilliant material. The countless variations include, amongst others, sections organised as suite, nocturne, pibroch, etudes and culminate in a triple fugue which combines the DSCH motive with BACH and the Dies Irae! This is a work in the tradition which runs from Bach's Art of Fugue through Busoni's Fantasia Contrapuntistica to Sorabji's Opus Clavicembalisticum. "Monumental in every sense - a timely birthday tribute to the composer-pianist. " Gramophone Magazine, June 2008 "This classic recording ... proclaims that, for once, here's a word which really is as astonishing as legend has it. Stevenson's playing is a phenomenon in itself." - BBC Music Magazine, May 2008 *****

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Works on This Recording

1.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Prima - Sonata allegro by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Prima - Waltz in rondo-form by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Prima - Episode no 1 by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Prima - Suite by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 11 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Prima - Pibroch "Lament for the Children" by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Prima - Episode no 2 "Arabesque variations" by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
7.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Prima - Nocturne by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Altera - Reverie-Fantasy by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
9.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Altera - Fanfare by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
10.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Altera - Variations on "Peace, Bread and the Land" by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
11.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Altera - Symphonic March by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Altera - Episode no 3 by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
13.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Altera - Fandango by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
14.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Altera - Pedal-point "To emergent Africa" by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
15.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Altera - Central Episode by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
16.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Altera - Variations in C minor by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
17.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Tertia - Adagio "Tribute to Bach" by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
18.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Tertia - Triple Fugue over ground-bass - Andamento by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
19.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Tertia - Triple Fugue over ground-bass - B A C H by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
20.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Tertia - Triple Fugue over ground-bass - Dies Irae by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
21.
Passacaglia on DSCH: Pars Tertia - Final variations on theme derived from ground by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Ronald Stevenson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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