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A Really Short Introduction To Scotland’s Piano Music (Christopher Guild)

By | Published on Thursday 9 August 2018

This was the first time this enjoyable programme had been presented at the Fringe, the only concert of Scottish classical music at this year’s Festivals. It included a world premiere of excerpts from Francis George Scott’s ‘Intuitions’ and revealed a colourful seam of contemporary piano music. Christopher Guild is a strenuous advocate of Scottish composers and played this varied programme with an emphatic, ringing style giving the resonance of the instrument full, rich rein. Naturally, the repertoire included Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Judith Weir; Sir James Macmillan’s spikily challenging early Piano Sonata contrasted arrestingly with Ronald Stevenson’s ‘ Hebridean Escape’, a complex, bombastic portrayal of changing moods of a dangerous sea and a triumphant finale to this wonderful concert.

Stockbridge Church, 7 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]