Alison Mathews: Landscapes

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Alison Mathews is a contemporary British composer whose delightful piano music has established itself as one of the highlights within the growing Editions Musica Ferrum catalogue.

I have previously given glowing reviews to her excellent Treasure Trove (for intermediate pianists, read the review) and Doodles (for elementary players, reviewed here).

Alison’s latest collection is aimed at the early advanced player. Landscapes: Poetic Piano Solos consists of 14 original compositions that would suit players between around UK Grade 5-7 level. Let’s take a look (and a listen!) …

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Prelude to a Better Year

2018 has been another pretty crazy year for many around the world… but how was it for you?

If you’ve had a good year, let’s hope for an even better one in 2019.

And if 2018 wasn’t such a good vintage, well again I hope that the coming year will bring renewed hope, enthusiasm, energy and happiness to your life.

Here’s a recording of a short composition of mine which I made a few years back, and which has become one of the most popular pieces I have shared online, as well as a popular encore at my concerts.

I hope you enjoy it, and that it can be the soundtrack for your hopes as we enter the New Year together!

Andrew Eales:  “Prelude to a Better Year”

Wishing all readers and friends around the world a peaceful and prosperous year in 2019 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!


lf you would like to show your appreciation and support Pianodao, please raise a glass with me at the outset of this exciting new year …

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Barbara Arens in Conversation

Barbara Arens will be known to most Pianodao readers as an excellent and prolific educational composer – I have previously reviewed several collections of her music, and most recently the Piano Exotico and Piano Tranquillo/Vivace collections published by Breitkopf & Härtel.

Around the time I was writing that review, I heard from Barbara that she was publishing a further five books via her own Editions Rensakov publishing on Amazon.

I decided it was about time I caught up with Barbara for a chat about all this fresh activity!…

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Pam Wedgwood’s ‘Piano Gallery’

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The simple ideas – so they say – are often the best.

And with her latest publication – Piano Gallery – best-selling composer Pam Wedgwood has taken the seemingly simple idea of composing a collection of pieces inspired by great artworks, and with the visionary support of Faber Music, produced one of the most imaginative collections of original late-intermediate repertoire that I have recently had the pleasure of reviewing here.

So what is it about this publication that makes it such a worthwhile purchase?

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