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Stevenson: Passacaglia On D.s.c.h. / Murray Mclachian

Release Date: 09/28/2004 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 25013   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Murray McLachlan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


“I am a very lucky composer to have this splendid recording of a truly superlative performance. Congratulations to all concerned. Must add that Murray writes the best, most informed, intelligent and sensitive programme notes.” – Ronald Stevenson

“[Stevenson displays] a revelatory understanding of the keyboard... Both an astonishing compositional achievement and a deeply impressive emotional experience. The CD is a considerable achievement in musical and sound-recording terms: a wonderful 75th birthday present for the composer. Strongly recommended." – Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion

“The performance is thrilling. His approach to the work somehow manages to combine an
Read more improvisatory freshness and a sense of the inevitability of the form. McLachlan plays it here as if mastering its praeternatural difficulties were as natural as running your fingers through your hair. Strongly recommended.” – Martin Anderson, International Piano

“Murray McLachlan projects the work’s opening Sonata with a dark energy; the start of a journey with real sweep and grandeur. McLachlan is stunning in the Fugue; he visits worlds of fantasy and virtuosity his two competitors do not often approach. In McLachlan’s hands, we’re always made to appreciate the Passacaglia as a meaningful, pertinent piece of contemporary music. Pianistically the final fugue section is absolutely stupendous. His performance is filled with excitement, feeling and belief, and superbly executed.” – Paul Ingram, DSCH Journal

“Murray McLachlan’s terrific at sustaining cumulative momentum and keeping textures fresh and diversified during the work’s lengthy opening and closing sections. There’s much to admire in McLachlan’s colouristic instincts and seasoned musicality.” – Jed Distler, BBC Music Magazine

“Here is a committed performance... It could be argued that no pianist has grown up with this work in closer proximity than McLachlan... An exciting pianist. The work is a living organism, an experience.” – Colin Scott-Sutherland, Musicweb

“Murray McLachlan turns in a noble, committed, sometimes harrowing performance.” – American Record Guide
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Works on This Recording

Passacaglia on DSCH by Ronald Stevenson
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Scotland 

Sound Samples

Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I: Sonata allegro
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I: Waltz in rondo-form
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Episode 1: Presto
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: I. Prelude
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: II. Sarabande
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: III. Jig
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: IV. Sarabande
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: V. Minuet
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: VI. Jig
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: VII. Gavotte
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: VIII. Polonaise
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: IX. Pibroch (Lament for Children)
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: X. Episode 2: Arabesque variations
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part I, Suite: XI. Nocturne
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Reverie-Fantasy
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Fanfare
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Forebodings: Alarm
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Glimpse of a war vision
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Variations on Peace, Bread and the Land (1917)
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Symphonic March
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Episode 3: Volante scherzoso
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Fandango
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Pedal Point, "To emergent Africa"
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Central Episode: Etudes
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: -
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Variations in C minor
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part II: Adagio: tribute to Bach
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part III, Triple Fugue over ground bass: Subject 1: Andamento
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part III, Triple Fugue over ground bass: Subject 2: BACH
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part III, Triple Fugue over ground bass: Subject 3: Dies Irae
Passacaglia on DSCH: Part III: Final Variations on theme derived from ground: Adagissimo barocco

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