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Ogdon: Original Piano Music / Hay


Release Date: 03/23/2018 
Label:  Piano Classics   Catalog #: 10132  
Composer:  John Ogdon
Performer:  Tyler Hay
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Ogdon was one of the great musical geniuses of the 20th century. His astonishing career on the concert platform saw him become one of the world’s most popular pianists after winning joint 1st prize in the 1962 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. Away from his life as a pianist, he was privately a very passionate composer throughout his career and despite his extremely heavy concert schedule, managed to write approximately two hundred works. Despite a small handful of works that were published during his lifetime, the rest of Ogdon’s manuscripts have remained almost entirely unexplored. Due to his pianistic ambitions, composition was always an unfocused pastime to John Ogdon and it is perhaps the reason why his writing style is Read more sporadic and difficult to define. It is arguable that his best work was produced in the late 1950’s and 60’s before his infamous breakdown and they display a rather neo-romantic style, contrary to the avant-garde atonality written by most of his Manchester contemporaries. Despite enormous technical complexities, the piano writing is also wonderfully idiomatic and gives tremendous insight into the geographical facility of one of history’s most renowned piano techniques. This recording presents the four most important solo piano works from John Ogdon’s early years as a composer. “I do enjoy composing, especially for the piano – I look on composing as a hobby that I enjoy. I devote myself more to playing and treat composition as a spare time thing.” (John Ogdon) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano by John Ogdon
Performer:  Tyler Hay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
2.
Ballade for Piano by John Ogdon
Performer:  Tyler Hay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3.
Caprices (6) for Piano "Kaleidoscope No. 1" by John Ogdon
Performer:  Tyler Hay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
4.
Variations and Fugue by John Ogdon
Performer:  Tyler Hay (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

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