Erik Chisholm – Music for Piano, Volume 1

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Catalogue No: DDV 24131
EAN/UPC: 809730413124
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Release Date: August 2008
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Erik Chisholm is not a well-known name but is one of the most important British composers of recent years, with a very large output of music in several genres. Much of his music is based on Scottish tunes, such as the Piobaireachd (bagpipe airs) which appear throughout his piano works. The acclaimed pianist Murray McLachlan has recorded the majority of his solo piano output for a total of 7 CDs.

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Track Listing

    Erik Chisholm:

  • I. Straloch Suite – part 1 (3:49)
  • II. Straloch Suite – part 2 (8:19)
  • III. Straloch Suite – part 3 (3:51)
  • I. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 1 (1:17)
  • II. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 2 (0:56)
  • III. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 3 (0:21)
  • IV. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 4 (0:44)
  • V. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 5 (1:15)
  • VI. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 6 (1:14)
  • VII. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 7 (1:03)
  • VIII. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 8 (0:54)
  • IX. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 9 (1:05)
  • X. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 10 (3:26)
  • XI. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 11 (0:52)
  • XII. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 12 (1:35)
  • XIII. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 13 (1:06)
  • XIV. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 14 (1:41)
  • XV. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 15 (0:36)
  • XVI. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 16 (1:12)
  • XVII. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 17 (2:24)
  • XVIII. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 18 (0:41)
  • XIX. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 19 (0:36)
  • XX. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 20 (2:24)
  • XXI. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 21 (1:22)
  • XXII. Scottish Airs for Children – no. 22 (1:10)
  • I. Piano Sonata in A – An Riobain Dearg – 1. Molto moderato (11:00)
  • II. Piano Sonata in A – An Riobain Dearg – 2. Allegretto con moto (5:55)
  • III. Piano Sonata in A – An Riobain Dearg – 3. Lament for HMS Thetis (9:08)
  • IV. Piano Sonata in A – An Riobain Dearg – 4. Allegro moderato (7:28)

Reviews

International Piano

These four CDs… already provide evidence of one of the most important oeuvres for the instrument of any British composer. McLachlan’s achievement in presenting this huge and hugely neglected body of piano music deserves enormous praise

” —Martin Anderson
Fanfare

McLachlan is supremely sensitive…just as he is unafraid. This is a superb series of discs that will either individually or collectively act as a splendid introduction to Chisholm’s intriguing music.

” —Colin Clarke
MusicWeb International

I can hardly imagine anyone wanting just a single volume of this collection of piano music; this is possibly one of the most important single contributions to British piano music alongside that of Bax, Ireland, Sorabji, Hoddinott and Cyril Scott.. [The Sonata] is an undoubted masterpiece. Murray McLachlan has made an important contribution to the literature of British piano music. Moreover, McLachlan has been well served by the fine recording.. the learned programme notes are a joy to read. I look forward to hearing the subsequent Cds in this eye-opening cycle with great anticipation and enthusiasm. It is one of the musical discoveries and revelations of the twenty-first century.

” —John France
MusicWeb International

We have much to learn about Chisholm and can be thankful that Dunelm [now Diversions] have paid him some attention. There are three works on this generously packed CD. The… Straloch Suite is often gracious… touchingly done. [The] Sonata is deeply impressive, clangorous with skirling majesty, abjuring tartan nonsense and staying in touch with the expressive autochthonous roots of the highland culture – dangerous, harsh-edged and sheerly beautiful.

” —Rob Barnett