Decoding Skin


Catalogue No: DDA 25021
EAN/UPC: 809730502125
Composers: , , , , ,
Release Date: June 2003
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 69:04
Sample: Xenakis: Evryali (extract)

n this CD we present works by three well-known modern composers, Iannis Xenakis, Michael Finnissy and Morton Feldman, together with pieces by three young British composers whose work deserves more recognition. Philip Howard is a pianist of extraordinary talent, who copes with the fierce demands of these works with aplomb. Music by Paul Newland and Paul Whitty can also be found on DDS 29001.

ALL WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS (except “Evryali” and “Palais de Mari”)

Track Listing

    Paul Whitty:

  1. De-Coding Skin (1:29)
  2. Max Wilson:

  3. Zeitlin {on} (4:05)
  4. Iannis Xenakis:

  5. Evryali (8:52)
  6. Paul Newland:

  7. “…butterfly dreaming…” (5:11)
  8. Michael Finnissy:

  9. Eardweard Muybridge – Edvard Munch (22:54)
  10. Morton Feldman:

  11. Palais de Mari (26:57)



A fine début, with the many repertoire challenges within eloquently and skilfully met… Philip Howard plays to his strengths on this auspicious recorded début… this striking…programme augurs well for Philip Howard’s future

” —Richard Whitehouse

This is an impressive, challenging debut… Howard’s fingerprints as a performer are clearly evident throughout: a ferocious technical ability filtered through a bold and thoughtful interpretative intellect. Most refreshingly, he seems (perhaps by dint of being a composer himself) prepared to adapt his whole approach to the demands of some very different aesthetics, lapsing neither into received ideals of pianistic beauty nor into crudely iconoclastic dogmatism… [A] brave and impressive display of musical intelligence and integrity

” —James Weeks

Wonderful stuff, ideal for this record label which is trying to forge its own unique image… As for Philip Howard, I am full of admiration. Technically he is totally assured in this challenging music. On top of that he has an innate ability to discover and use piano colour

” —Gary Higginson

Many rewards… Howard…is pretty fearless… has all the qualities of intense concentration to bring the work off – and listen to the stunning way he projects the music [of Palais de Mari] around the seven minute mark as being as delicate as porcelain…Highly recommended.

” —Colin Clarke
Musical Opinion

I believe it can bring surprising rewards. Every piece is superbly played with total belief by this most gifted pianist and I trust this CD will get the attention it clearly merits.

” —Robert Matthew-Walker