Magazine article Musical Opinion

Malcolm Troup at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Malcolm Troup at St Martin-in-the-Fields

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While the Martinu 50th anniversary has helped to bring much of the composer's operatic and orchestral oeuvre to a wide public, some of his extensive oeuvre, the varied piano output for instance, still remains unfamiliar; so it was a special privilege to hear the formidable Piano Sonata (1954), a work much recorded but seldom aired in recitals. The distinguished pianist Malcolm Troup gave the masterly neo classical work a brightly projected reading at a capacity authence St Martin-inFields recital on September 21, as part of their Beethoven Piano Society of Europe un eh time series. The programme, which began with an evocatively dramatic account of Beethoven's Les Adieux sonata, was aptly dedicated to the memory of the BPSE's co-founder Carola Grindea, doyenne of piano pedagogy, founder of EPTA and ISSTIPP, who died in July aged ninety five. Feelings of loss surface in Troup's profoundly intense central Abwesenheit movement, where the three note horn call motif is chromatically altered before its exhilarating transfiguration in the frenetic finale.

Malcolm Troup is best known for his award winning Messiaen recordings, and his affinity for 20th century French music helped bring alive Martinu's propulsive jazzy textures and shimmering colours. Indeed the Piano Sonata is a French work, composed in 1954 during a period away from America to Nice in the South of France during which he completed Mirandolina and the orchestral Frescoes of Piero Della Francesca. …

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