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Ogdon, John - Original Piano Music - Hay, Tyler


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John Ogdon was one of the great musical geniuses of the 20th century. His astonishing career on the concert platform saw him become one of the world’s most popular pianists after winning joint 1st prize in the 1962 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. Away from his life as a pianist, he was privately a very passionate composer throughout his career and despite his extremely heavy concert schedule, managed to write approximately two hundred works. Aside from a large number of piano works, these include a string quartet, two piano concertos, an oratorio, a cantata, a brass quintet, four operas and solo sonatas for flute, violin and cello. Despite a small handful of works that were published during his lifetime, the rest of Ogdon’s manuscripts have remained almost entirely unexplored. During his time studying at the Royal Manchester College of Music from 1953-1957, he received composition lessons from Thomas Pitfield and Richard Hall. Ogdon’s keen interest in popularizing some of the contemporary music of the day saw him become one of the founding members of the group New Music Manchester and it was at this time that he became heavily influenced by his composer companions Peter Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goher and Harrison Birtwistle. Another of his primary influences as a student was the pianist and composer Ronald Stevenson. Due to his pianistic ambitions, composition was always an unfocused pastime to John Ogdon and it is perhaps the reason why his writing style is sporadic and difficult to define. It is arguable that his best work was produced in the late 1950’s and 60’s before his infamous breakdown and they display a rather neo-romantic style, contrary to the avant-garde atonality written by most of his Manchester contemporaries. He constructed his compositions using a kaleidoscopic collage technique that throws around ideas in a potpourri of interesting colours and contrasts. Despite enormous technical complexities, the piano writing is also wonderfully idiomatic and gives tremendous insight into the geographical facility of one of history’s most renowned piano techniques. Ogdon’s gifts as a piano composer in the romantic tradition relate back to his lifelong admiration for composers such as Liszt, Alkan, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Busoni. In 1943, he even introduced himself as “John Rachmaninoff Ogdon” to his first piano teacher. John Ogdon always remained a very unassuming and humble musician and he rarely gave any of his works a public outing. We are fortunate enough to have several studio recordings of works played by the composer including his magnificent Piano Concerto no 1, played for the last time in 1987 to celebrate Ogdon’s 50th birthday at the Royal Festival Hall. This recording presents the four most important solo piano works from John Ogdon’s early years as a composer. “I do enjoy composing, especially for the piano – I look on composing as a hobby that I enjoy. I devote myself more to playing and treat composition as a spare time thing.” (JO)
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Artikelnummer PCL10132
Streckkod 5029365101325
Utgivningsdatum 2018-03-23
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Piano Classics
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
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Artister Hay, Tyler
Kompositörer Ogdon, John
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