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Macmillan: Piano Works; Macrae / Simon Smith


Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34009   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  James MacMillanStuart MacRae
Performer:  Simon Smith
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"It’s hard not to admire the courage, dedication and sheer stamina of the 20-year-old British pianist Simon Smith – especially in the relentlessly challenging first movement of the Piano Sonata by the young Scottish composer Stuart MacRae. This is one of MacRae’s earliest major works, and if at times it sounds like a strongly talented, imaginative young composer battling against an academic modernist superego, those former positive elements do win out, especially in the glacial finale."

-- Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine
"It’s hard not to admire the courage, dedication and sheer stamina of the 20-year-old British pianist Simon Smith – especially in the relentlessly challenging first movement of the Piano Sonata by the young Scottish composer Stuart MacRae. This is one of MacRae’s earliest major works, and if at times it sounds like a strongly talented, imaginative young composer battling against an academic modernist superego, those former positive elements do win out, especially in the glacial finale."

-- Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Birthday Present by James MacMillan
Performer:  Simon Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Scotland 
2.
Barncleupédie "with apologies to Erik Satie" by James MacMillan
Performer:  Simon Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; Scotland 
3.
Lumen Christi by James MacMillan
Performer:  Simon Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Scotland 
4.
Sonata for Piano by James MacMillan
Performer:  Simon Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Scotland 
5.
For Ian by James MacMillan
Performer:  Simon Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Scotland 
6.
A Cecilian Variation for JFK by James MacMillan
Performer:  Simon Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; Scotland 
7.
Angel by James MacMillan
Performer:  Simon Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; Scotland 
8.
In angustiis... I by James MacMillan
Performer:  Simon Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
9.
Sonata for Piano by Stuart MacRae
Performer:  Simon Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

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