Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence

Once more with feeling… a selection of favourite piano encores


Catalogue No: SOMMCD 0176
Release Date: 29/09/2017
Number of Discs: 1
Period: , ,
Liner Notes

Once More With Feeling… A Selection Of Favourite Piano Encores
This delightful disc of favourite – and occasionally unfamiliar – piano music played by pianist Philip Martin fulfils several functions: it is, first and foremost, a collection of ‘personal choice’ encore pieces, some of which are amongst the world’s favourite piano music, with others coming into the unjustly neglected genre, all of which have a special affection in Philip’s comprehensive repertoire. Secondly, we encounter the art of this much-admired Irish musician as a composer, whose own music possesses an individuality and immediacy of appeal that confirms his qualities as a musical communicator to his audience. And finally (although it is not ‘final’!), this exceptionally well-filled CD is released as Philip Martin prepares coincidentally to celebrate his 70th birthday and 50 years in the music profession with a wide-ranging selection that indicates the range and artistry of this truly international musician.

Philip was born in Dublin but soon made his mark internationally, establishing and cementing a reputation notable for his championship of several further unjustly neglected works, amongst them the Samuel Barber Piano Concerto – of which Philip gave both the French and Irish premieres – and Britten’s Diversions on a Theme for piano left hand and orchestra. Philip’s appearances in France have reinforced his knowledge, understanding and love for French piano music; it was with Britten’s masterpiece that Philip made his much-praised Proms debut in 1985 at the Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, being invited back two years later to play Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. This enjoyable disc is sure to win many more friends for this well-loved artist.

On This Recording

  1. Debussy – Arabesque No.1
  2. Chabrier – Scherzo-valse from Dix Pièces Pittoresques
  3. Albeniz – Cordoba
  4. Gershwin – The man I love
  5. Gershwin – I got rhythm
  6. De Severac – Stances à Madame de Pompadour
  7. Philip Martin – Two Jazz pieces, Blues
  8. Philip Martin – Two Jazz pieces, Boogie Woogie
  9. Fauré – Nocturne No.6 in D flat
  10. Grieg – Papillon
  11. Grieg – To Spring
  12. Philip Martin – Night piece for Julia
  13. Philip Martin – New York Nights
  14. Satie – Gnossienne No.3
  15. Tansman – Ostinato Tirmico from Suite Variée
  16. Joplin – Solace
  17. Ignacio Cervantes – Cuban Dance No.6
  18. Rachmaninoff – Oriental Sketch
  19. Godowsky – Nocturnal Tangier
  20. Philip Martin – the Zodiac, Pisces
  21. Philip Martin – the Zodiac, Gemini
  22. Philip Martin – the Zodiac, Scorpio
  23. Schumann – Abschied from Waldszenen