Paul Crossley

Biography

Born: May 17, 1944; Dewsbury, England  
English pianist Paul Crossley is world-renowned for his expertise and artistry in the interpretation of twentieth century keyboard literature. Although he has made his reputation as a pianist, Crossley began his studies on the organ at Mansfield College in Oxford; he first undertook serious instruction on piano in Leeds with Fanny Waterman, later founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition. In 1967 Crossley was awarded a scholarship to Read more France in order to study with Yvonne Loriod and Olivier Messiaen and in 1968 won first prize in the Messiaen Piano Competition.

Paul Crossley first came to prominence in the concert world at the 1973 Bath Festival, premiering the Piano Sonata No. 3 of Michael Tippett; likewise, Tippett's Piano Sonata No. 4 (1983-1984) would be entrusted to Crossley for its first performance. On the concert circuit, Crossley is most readily associated with "new music." He has given the first performances of piano works by composers Magnus Lindberg, Nicholas Maw, Hans Werner Henze, George Benjamin, Toru Takemitsu, John Adams, and Henryk Górecki. He has also made something of a specialty of the significant piano part in Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony and has recorded it with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a recording artist, Crossley has appeared on more than 50 releases, and has recorded the complete keyboard output of composers such as Tippett, Ravel, Poulenc, and Debussy. Crossley became an Internet music marketing pioneer in 2001 when he offered his complete recording of the piano works of Takemitsu through an Internet download at www.gmn.com before he released it at the retail level. Read less
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  • 1.
    Paul Crossley plays Poulenc: The Complete Music for Solo Piano
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875125882 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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  • 2.
    Stravinsky Complete Edition [30-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002398272 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ian Caley,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Favourite Piano Music
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1187 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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  • 4.
    The Claude Debussy Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 193179 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Ann Murray,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Leslie Caron  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Pierre Boulez,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony / Salonen
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66281 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Tristan Murail,  Paul Crossley
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Toru Takemitsu: Complete Works For Solo Piano / Paul Crossley
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3526 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu,  Paul Crossley
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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    Fauré: Complete Piano Works Vol 2 / Paul Crossley
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3407 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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    Fauré: Complete Piano Works Vol 3 / Paul Crossley
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3422 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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    Liszt: Petrarch Sonnets, Liebestraum, Etc / Paul Crossley
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3408 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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  • 10.
    Ravel: Complete Solo Piano Works Vol 1 / Paul Crossley
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3383 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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  • 11.
    Tippett: Complete Piano Sonatas
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 34301 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michael Tippett
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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  • 12.
    Debussy Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742561 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Louis Lane,  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Poulenc: Complete Music For Solo Piano / Paul Crossley
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44921 Release Date: 12/18/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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    Takemitsu: Riverrun, Rain Spell, Etc / Knussen
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 91180 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu
    Performer:  Sebastian Bell,  Helen Tunstall,  Joy Farrall,  Charles Fullbrook  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
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    Debussy: Complete Works For Solo Piano Vol 2 / Paul Crossley
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53111 Release Date: 01/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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    Berg: Violin, Chamber Concerto / Chung, Solti, Atherton
    Label: London/Decca Enterprise   Catalog: 430349 Release Date: 03/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Paul Crossley,  György Pauk
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  David Atherton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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    Janácek: Kát'a Kabanová, Etc / Mackerras, Söderström, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000641602 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Jitka Pavlová,  Vladimir Krejcik,  Adolf Tomaschek,  Gertrude Jahn  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  David Atherton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  London Sinfonietta members
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    Janácek: Chamber Music, Orchestral Works / Chailly, Mackerras
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000321102 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Vladimir Bogachov,  Thomas Trotter,  Eva Urbanová,  Richard Novák  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Neville Marriner,  François Huybrechts,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta Chorus  ... 
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    Daugherty: American Icons / Zinman, Stenz, Miller, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458145 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Paul Crossley,  Christopher Van Kampen,  Alex Sweeton,  Lisa Bielawa  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Markus Stenz,  Michael Daugherty,  David Alan Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Dogs of Desire
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    Janacek: Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, Etc / Mackerras, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 48255 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Paul Crossley,  Sebastian Bell,  Janet Craxton,  Philip Eastop  ... 
    Conductor:  David Atherton,  Sir Neville Marriner,  François Huybrechts,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Lutoslawski: Symphony No 2, Etc / Salonen, Los Angeles Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67189 Release Date: 03/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Paul Crossley
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Franck: Symphony, Symphonic Variations / Giulini, Crossley
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 58958 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Debussy - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64065 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Paul Crossley,  Branford Marsalis,  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Andrew Litton,  Pierre Boulez,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet  ... 
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  • 24.
    Faure: Complete Piano Works Vol 1 / Paul Crossley
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3406 Release Date: 03/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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    Ravel: Complete Solo Piano Works Vol 2 / Paul Crossley
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3384 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Paul Crossley
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