Aztec Dances - New works for Recorder and Piano (PFCD052) £12.50
Jill Kemp (recorder) and Aleksander Szram (piano)
"The works on this disc are all remarkably varied and contrasting, and are a testament to Jill Kemp's talent and her ability to inspire composers to challenge our preconceptions of what a recorder piece is." Robert Hugill
"Kemp and Szram are at their virtuosic best in this ingeniously contrived score [(Daryl Runswick’s Cycles (2013)]" Musical Opinion
'Aztec Dances' for recorder and piano by Edward Gregson
'Garden of the Gods' by Gregory Rose
'Kemptown Races (Variations on a theme by Stephen Foster)' by David Bedford
'Dance Suite' by George King
'Cycles' by Daryl Runswick
All the works on this disc are première recordings.
Inspiration for the works on this CD range from 16th century Aztec ceremony in Edward Gregson's Aztec Dances (2010), to an ancient Greek concert hall in Gregory Rose's Garden of the Gods (2013) and contemporary jazz forms in George King's Dance Suite (2011). Some works invite technical innovations, such as playing two recorders at once in David Bedford's Kemptown Races (2010); others introduce compositional ones, for example making the recorder and piano interlock but not synchronise in ‘accidental counterpoints’, in Daryl Runswick's Cycles (2013). In each work, the performers' virtuosity shines through, and has stimulated a wide variety of additions to the recorder–piano repertoire.
“It is exciting to hear the music being composed for the recorder now and important for players and composers (and listeners) to continue the initiative of the 20th century recorder pioneers, as Jill and Aleksander have done” - Dr Andrew Mayes
Jill Kemp is passionate about raising the recorder’s profile and proving it to be an exciting and versatile instrument. In 2007 she won the Royal Over-Seas League Wind Competition, the first recorder player to do so in its 57-year history. Jill has broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM and American, Italian and Polish television. Recital venues throughout Europe, the USA and South Africa include Carnegie Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has performed with ensembles including Red Priest, the Brodowski Quartet and the LSO.
Aleksander Szram enjoys a varied schedule of solo piano, concerto and chamber music performances across the world, having played in more than thirty-five countries over six continents. Aleksander was born in Southampton to Polish parents, and has been playing the piano since the age of five. He studied piano with Anthony Green and Douglas Finch at the then Trinity College of Music, continuing with Jane Coop for his DMA at the University of British Columbia. He now teaches piano and lectures in analysis and performance practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and has also guest-lectured at the Royal Academy of Music, the Australian National Academy of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music.