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A Tribute to Phyllis Sellick (1911 – 2007)

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It is with great pleasure and pride that we are now able to release this disc, a rare collection of solo recordings in tribute to Phyllis Sellick, the much-loved pianist and teacher who died in May of 2007.

Phyllis Sellick – Piano

With her death, a strong and important link with the British musical life from the mid-20th century has been broken. However, her legacy lives on in her recordings, the musical compositions that she inspired and pioneered, and in the work of her students dotted around the world.

Phyllis Sellick’s main characteristic as a performer was her great clarity and impeccable technique. She was not only a profoundly gifted musician but she also learnt and absorbed new scores quickly. Her remarkable technique made her a firm favourite of several British composers. She performed Vaughan Williams’s incidental music for the film 49th Parallel (1941) and premiered Michael Tippett’s First Piano Sonata and subsequent recording for Rymington Van Wyck, in the presence of the composer.

(All items, apart from Tippett Sonata No. 1, appear on CD for the first time)

On This Recording

  1. Pieces de clavecin: Pieces de clavecin, Book 2: 9th Ordre in A Major-minor: Le bavolet-flotant
  2. Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 14th Ordre: Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 14th Ordre in D Major-minor: Le carillon de Cithere
  3. Premier livre de pieces de clavecin: Premier livre de pieces de clavecin: V. Les Tendres Plaintes (Tender Reproaches)
  4. Premier livre de pieces de clavecin, Suite No. 3: Premier livre de pieces de clavecin, Suite No. 3: No. 15. Le Coucou
  5. 3 Pieces: 3 Pieces, FP 48: No. 1. Pastorale
  6. Histoires: Histoires: II. Le petit ane blanc
  7. Les Biches: Les Biches, FP 36: Adagietto (version for piano)
  8. Images: Images, Book 1: No. 1. Reflets dans l’eau
  9. Preludes, Book 2: Preludes, Book 2: No. 12. Feux d’artifice
  10. Le tombeau de Couperin: No. 1. Prelude
  11. Le tombeau de Couperin: No. 4. Rigaudon
  12. Le tombeau de Couperin: No. 6. Toccata
  13. 24 Preludes: 24 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor
  14. 12 Etudes: Etude No. 5 in G-Flat Major, Op. 10, No. 5, “Black Keys”
  15. Waltz: Waltz in A-Flat Major
  16. Gavotte and Musette
  17. Variations: Variations in G Minor
  18. Toccatina
  19. Piano Sonata No. 1: I. Allegro – Allegro vigoroso – Molto allegro scherzando – Allegro molto – Tempo del principio
  20. Piano Sonata No. 1: II. Andante tranquillo
  21. Piano Sonata No. 1: III. Presto
  22. Piano Sonata No. 1: IV. Rondo giocoso con moto