Variations for Judith

Pianistic tributes to Judith Serota from 11 composers

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Diana Burrell, Richard Rodney Bennett, Jonathan Dove, Judith Weir, Tarik O'Regan, Michael Berkeley, Peter Maxwell Davies, Johann Sebastian Bach, Anthony (Edward) Payne, Thea Musgrave

Genre:

Instrumental

Label: NMC

Media Format: Download

Media Runtime: 21

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: NMCDL3009

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Bist du bei mir Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
(Spitalfields Echoes) Stephen Johns
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
Stephen Johns, Composer
Loose Canon for Jude Anthony (Edward) Payne, Composer
Anthony (Edward) Payne, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
Diomedes Tarik O'Regan, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
Tarik O'Regan, Composer
To Judith, from Judith Judith Weir, Composer
Judith Weir, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
Breaking Away Anthony Burton
Anthony Burton, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
Little Elegy Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer
Music for Judith Diana Burrell, Composer
Diana Burrell, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
Prelude Thea Musgrave, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
Thea Musgrave, Composer
Lullaby Michael Berkeley, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
Michael Berkeley, Composer
Bist du bei mir, oder...? Peter Maxwell Davies, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
Peter Maxwell Davies, Composer
Ist Bach bei mir Jonathan Dove, Composer
Jonathan Dove, Composer
Melvyn Tan, Musician, Piano
To pay tribute to ex-Spitafields Festival director Judith Serota, 11 composers each contributed a short ‘reflection’ based on JS Bach’s arrangement of GH Stölzel’s Bist du mei mir. The theme gives way to a lovely variation by Stephen Johns based upon gentle repeated notes and sustained chords. A terse canon by Anthony Payne follows. A lyrical, slowly moving variation by Tarik O’Regan consists of beautifully proportioned wide intervals and chorale-like chords. Judith Weir’s contribution is also apt, varied and cannily deployed for the instrument.

Anthony Burton inserts increasingly complex two-handed unison lines between the theme’s phrases, while Richard Rodney Bennett’s gorgeous Little Elegy fuses Fauré and Bill Evans. There are sparsely textured, leisurely-paced inventions from Diana Burrell, Thea Musgrave and Michael Berkeley. Peter Maxwell Davies offers alternately tonal and atonal musings that end on a quiet, surprising major chord. Finally, Jonathan Dove’s brief finale looks back to Busoni’s rich sonorities, albeit at a low decibel level. Despite the diverse compositional styles, each piece easily flows from one to the next, abetted by Melvyn Tan’s mellifluous and caring interpretations. A most enjoyable, enchanting 22 minutes of music, well worth downloading.

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