Murray McLachlan

Biography

Born: January 6, 1965; Dundee, Scotland  
Prolific in the recording studio and ever-busy on the concert stage and as a teacher, Murray McLachlan is recognized as one of the finest pianists from the U.K. of his generation. Early in his career he became known for his insightful performances of Russian piano music, recording the complete sonatas of Prokofiev, as well as several discs of works by Myaskovsky, Khachaturian, Kabalevsky, Vainberg, and others. But he soon divulged his versatility Read more in a range of repertory: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven (complete piano sonatas), Brahms (complete solo works), Chopin, Gershwin, and modern composers like Ronald Stevenson, Michael Parkin, and Martin Butler. McLachlan has made over 40 recordings for several labels, including Olympia, Divine Art, and Linn Records.

McLachlan was born in Dundee on January 6, 1965. He studied at Manchester's Chetham's School of Music (where he would return years later as a faculty member) and at Cambridge University. In 1985 he began studies with eminent British pianist Peter Katin. McLachlan made his television debut in Holland in 1987 playing the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto as part of a young musician's series. He cut his first recording for Olympia, a CD of works by Myaskovsky that was released in 1988, with favorable critical response. He recorded the Prokofiev sonatas in 1988-1989 for the same label, a set that also drew positive notice.

Throughout the 1990s and into the new century, McLachlan made numerous concert tours of the U.K., Europe, the United States, South Africa, Malta (where he received a knighthood in 1997 for his tireless musical work there), and the Far East. McLachlan gave a remarkable series of 50 Chopin recitals in 1997 for the benefit of the Marie Curie Cancer Fund's Golden Jubilee. During the 2000-2001 season, McLachlan made his conducting debut (in period dress) leading the Mozart Festival Orchestra in an acclaimed series of 18 concerts throughout the U.K.

In 2003 McLachlan delivered another marathon-like event when he played the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven in a series of concerts in Manchester, once again drawing high praise. In 2006 he launched another series of celebrated concerts, this time to mark the Shostakovich centenary, playing seldom-performed works like the two piano sonatas. Among McLachlan's later recordings was the 2006 release on Regis Records of Piano Music of Scotland, a disc featuring works by Ronald Stevenson (a former teacher of McLachlan), F.G. Scott, and Ronald Center. Read less
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Biography

Born: January 6, 1965; Dundee, Scotland  
Prolific in the recording studio and ever-busy on the concert stage and as a teacher, Murray McLachlan is recognized as one of the finest pianists from the U.K. of his generation. Early in his career he became known for his insightful performances of Russian piano music, recording the complete sonatas of Prokofiev, as well as several discs of works by Myaskovsky, Khachaturian, Kabalevsky, Vainberg, and others. But he soon divulged his versatility Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro molto
I. Adagio
II. Allegretto
III. Andantino
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Adagio
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro tranquillo
II. Adagio
III. Moderato con moto
No. 1. Merry March
No. 2. The Nightingale
No. 3. The Skipping Rope
No. 4. Baba-Yaga
No. 5. Playmates
No. 6. The Sick Doll
No. 7. A Tin Soldier
No. 8. A Grandmother's Fairy Tale
No. 9. The Shepherd Boy
No. 10. Hide and Seek
No. 11. Father Frost
No. 12. Melancholy Waltz
No. 13. The Goldfish
No. 14. Petrushka's Lament
No. 15. Catch Me if You Can
No. 17. The Dolls
No. 21. Good Night
I. Allegro con moto
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegro giocoso
I. Allegretto
II. Largo
III. Moderato
No. 1. -
No. 2. -
No. 3. -
No. 4. -
No. 5. Harris Dance
No. 6. Ground
No. 7. -
No. 8. -
No. 9. -
No. 10. -
No. 11. The Snap
No. 12. Reel
No. 13. -
No. 14. Pastoral
No. 15. -
No. 16. Canon
No. 17. Menuet
No. 18. Reel
No. 19. Reel
No. 20. -
No. 21. -
No. 22. -
I. Gravite
II. Comet
III. Constellations
IV. Explose-Fixe
I. 1
II. Colours of Time
III. Xnobis
I. Vision-Prayer
II. Rolling Stars
III. Night-Sky
IV.
I. Inspace
II. Machine Music
III. Just a Thought
IV. Rhythmic Kit
v. Shadows of Silence
I. Noospehere 1
II. A gentle spirit
III. Cosmic Dance
IV. A Free Spirit
V. Noosphere 2
Part I: Sonata allegro
Part I: Waltz in rondo-form
Part I, Episode 1: Presto
Part I, Suite: I. Prelude
Part I, Suite: II. Sarabande
Part I, Suite: III. Jig
Part I, Suite: IV. Sarabande
Part I, Suite: V. Minuet
Part I, Suite: VI. Jig
Part I, Suite: VII. Gavotte
Part I, Suite: VIII. Polonaise
Part I, Suite: IX. Pibroch (Lament for Children)
Part I, Suite: X. Episode 2: Arabesque variations
Part I, Suite: XI. Nocturne
Part II: Reverie-Fantasy
Part II: Fanfare
Part II: Forebodings: Alarm
Part II: Glimpse of a war vision
Part II: Variations on Peace, Bread and the Land (1917)
Part II: Symphonic March
Part II: Episode 3: Volante scherzoso
Part II: Fandango
Part II: Pedal Point, "To emergent Africa"
Part II: Central Episode: Etudes
Part II: -
Part II: Variations in C minor
Part II: Adagio: tribute to Bach
Part III, Triple Fugue over ground bass: Subject 1: Andamento
Part III, Triple Fugue over ground bass: Subject 2: BACH
Part III, Triple Fugue over ground bass: Subject 3: Dies Irae
Part III: Final Variations on theme derived from ground: Adagissimo barocco