Paul Newland (PFCD187) £12.50
piano works 1994-2014
Performed by Richard Casey
1 Butterfly Dreaming
2 Figure and Ground
4 Nagahama Fragments
5-7 Phlegm, Blood, Bile
8 Readymade I
9 Repetition and Difference
10 Under the big sky I thrive
The superb Richard Casey, most notable for his recording for Prima Facie of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Piano Works 1949-2009, here explores an altogether different territory in the music of Paul Newland. Paul paints a vivid but bleak and minimalist landscape in his music.
Paul Newland is a composer and performer with interests in acoustic, collaborative, interdisciplinary (particularly dance) and site-specific work that invites close listening to sound through patterning, extended duration, amplification and slowing of often sparse, pared-down materials making use of both traditionally notated and open scores. The work draws on ideas and practices derived from both Japanese culture and contemporary visual arts.
Recorded and produced by Steve Plews at Holy Trinity Church, Hereford June 2019 and St Ann’s Church, Manchester August 2020
Edited and mastered by Phil Hardman
Richard Casey was born in Manchester in 1966 and started playing the piano at the age of seven. After graduating in Music and Modern Languages at St John’s College, Cambridge, he studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music with Marjorie Clementi and Martin Roscoe, and later with Ronan O’Hora. In 1997 Richard won first prize in the British Contemporary Piano Competition, an achievement which attracted a series of solo engagements in the UK and abroad. Based in Manchester, Richard complements his solo career with a strong commitment to chamber music. He frequently gives 2-piano concerts with his duo partner, Ian Buckle, specialising in repertoire from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Since 1994 he has been pianist with the New Music Players and has performed frequently as a guest with the London Sinfonietta, Lontano and Liverpool-based Ensemble 10:10. Richard has recorded the complete piano works of Camden Reeves, Anthony Gilbert and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, as well as Edward Cowie’s epic 'Rutherford’s Lights' and Edward Dudley Hughes’ 'Orchids' for solo piano, and has released Volume 1 of Anthony Burgess’ Piano Works. Richard also teaches at Manchester University.