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Seabourne: Steps

Magazine article Gramophone

Seabourne: Steps

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Seabourne

Steps, Vol 2: Studies of Invention

Giovanni Santini pf

Sheva (F) SH065 (54' * DDD)

Seabourne * Falla * Granados

Falla Fantasia betica Granados Danzas espanolas, Op 37--No 1, Galante; No 2, Oriental; No 4, Villanesca; No 5, Andaluza; No 7, Valenciana

Seabourne Steps, Vol 3: Arabesques

Michael Bell pf

Sheva (F) SH088 (73' * DDD)

Italian label takes up music of Lincolnshire composer who shunned the avant-garde

Peter Seabourne (1960) has built a sizeable output since resuming composition in 2001 and these discs confirm no mean artistry within the solo piano domain. Studies of Invention takes its inspiration from Leonardo sketches in a series of 15 pieces. In his informative annotations, Seabourne speaks of having 'a romantic sensibility.. .my art is a lyrical one', yet the writing is of a technical and expressive range indicating a wide knowledge of 20th-century pianism (latter-day British instances might include Nicholas Maw's Personae and Colin Matthews's Studies in Velocity). To take one example from each of the three books, 'Flying Machines' (No 1) revels in incisive rhythmic agility, while 'A Moth

to the Light' (No 8) has an accelerating harmonic intensity, before 'This is the Way Birds Descend' (No 15) concludes the cycle with its deftly propelled momentum. …

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