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Kenneth Hamilton plays Ronald Stevenson Vol 2 (PFCD107) £12.50

Kenneth Hamilton: piano

1. Keening Song for a Makar (in memoriam Francis George Scott) 7.19
2. Norse Elegy for Ella Nygard 6.01
3. Chorale-Pibroch for Sorley Maclean 6.11
4. Toccata-Reel: “The High Road to Linton” 2.31
5. Barra Flyting Toccata 1.32
6. Merrick/Stevenson: Hebridean Seascape 11.00
7. Little Jazz Variations on Purcell’s “New Scotch Tune” 5.03
8. Threepenny Sonatina (on Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera)* 5.51
9. Recitative and Air on DSCH 5.49
10. Bach/Stevenson: “Komm, süßer Tod” 3.41
11. Purcell/Stevenson: Hornpipe 3.02
12-14. Purcell/Stevenson: Three Grounds: 2/25; 2.47; 1.50 Andante quasi Fado; Andante Arioso; Allegretto
15. Purcell/Stevenson: Toccata 5.50
16. Purcell/Stevenson: The Queen’s Dolour (A Farewell) 3.03

Following the outstanding acclaim offered to the first CD of this series, Prima Facie is proud to present Volume 2 of 'Kenneth Hamilton plays Ronald Stevenson'. Hamilton, a former student, friend and colleague of the composer, performs Stevenson’s music with “understanding and brilliance” (Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 Record Review). Volume 2 features a riveting collection of Celtic pieces, including the coruscating 'Keening Sang for a Makar', Stevenson’s complete Purcell transcriptions, and the first recording of the wonderfully witty 'Threepenny Sonatina', based on themes from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera.

Ronald Stevenson Vol 2 CD

For further details of this recording, please the CD booklet

Kenneth Hamilton

Paul Corfield Godfrey
Described after a concerto performance as "an outstanding virtuoso - one of the finest players of his generation" (Moscow Kommersant), by the New York Times as a performer "of energy and wit", and by Tom Service in The Guardian as "an all-round virtuoso“, Kenneth Hamilton performs worldwide as a recitalist, and broadcasts regularly on the BBC. The originality of his last CD, the best-selling Preludes to Chopin (Prima Facie), generated international impact and lively critical debate. James Manheim wrote: “The commercial success of this release shows how strongly audiences hunger for fresh interpretations of mainstream repertory, and a fresh interpretation is exactly what you get“ (AllMusic). While Stefan Pieper commented: “Hamilton’s approach to Chopin ignores the pianistic fashions of today’s music-market, challenges the dogmas of historical performance-practice, and offers a complete palette of new and intriguing experiences” (Klassik Heute). Kenneth Hamilton is also well known as a writer on music. His award-winning After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance (Oxford University Press) was welcomed as "full of wit and interest, and written with passion" by Charles Rosen in The Times Literary Supplement, and as "a wonderful book" by James Fenton in The Guardian. Hamilton is Head of Cardiff University School of Music in Wales, UK.