Since winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, Martin James Bartlett has become a welcome and friendly presence in concert halls as in the media, while also pursuing his further studies as a Foundation Scholar at London’s Royal College of Music.
Having recently signed to major label Warner Classics, Martin’s debut album was released at the start of May.
Entitled “Love and Death”, the recording must I believe be regarded as marking a very significant arrival in the classical music world, Bartlett casting his spell with an imaginative programme of music by J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt, Enrique Granados and Sergei Prokofiev…
In his recent interview for Pianodao, concert pianist Martin Roscoe enthusiastically discussed his long-held ambition to record a complete series of the solo piano works of the great Hungarian composer and polymath Ernő Dohnányi (1877-1960).
Now that ambition reaches its fulfilment, culminating in the fourth and final release in Roscoe’s recorded Dohnányi cycle for Hyperion Records, released this month, and an easy choice for Pianodao’s Recording of the Month.
I’ve been a fan of Dohnányi’s music for several years, not least knowing that my own teacher Joseph Weingarten had been one of his students in Budapest Academy. I’ve been collecting Roscoe’s recordings since the series started, and have been eagerly awaiting this final issue.
Before reviewing the CD itself, here’s a short introduction to the composer and music…
Marcel Zidani (who will be known to some readers as the author of Hey Presto! which I spoke to him about in this interview) has been busy collating a playlist of some of the best piano music on SoundCloud, and I’m delighted that he has invited me to share it with you in this Sunday Sounds special feature!
Marcel invited ten pianists active on SoundCloud to submit one solo piano piece, plus a second track which could contain other instrumentation (although most musicians submitted two solo piano pieces).
From the virtuoso to the intimate, from bluesy licks to gorgeous neo-classical melodies and intense experimental outbursts – this is a playlist which really has it all.
My recommendation – bookmark this page so that you can return and listen again and again, because this compilation makes a great album to live with and enjoy.
And if you enjoy what you hear, please also pop over to the SoundCloud site, set up a free account if you don’t have one, and follow these artists there.