Martin Roscoe, pianist
Welcome to the website of acclaimed British pianist Martin Roscoe, where you can catch up on Martin's news, concerts, recordings and more.
New recording: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 3 - Dohnányi
The penultimate volume in Hyperion’s four-part survey of the complete solo piano music of Ernő Dohnányi focuses on music from the period when the composer’s pre-eminent position was being assured.
The titles of the largest works here, Ruralia hungarica and the Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, mask in their nationalistic ostentation the skill of a true master of piano composition.
“…[Roscoe's] finesse of colouring as well as his strong rhythmic impulse and lyrical astuteness are qualities that fit the music ideally and allow it to bloom … Together with the Three Pieces Op 23, an early Gavotte and Musette and a gorgeous Delibes-inspired Naila Waltz, Roscoe is an eloquently expressive advocate for an unduly neglected master of the keyboard.”
Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph, March 2015
Latest Beethoven release on Deux-Elles
The third instalment in Martin's critically-acclaimed cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas was released last year on the Deux-Elles label, with Andrew McGregor on BBC Radio 3's CD Review commenting that:
“…in Op. 111's finale he has also tapped into an almost hypnotic underlying thread that takes us to journey's end with impressive certainty… the breadth and austere beauty of the opening of the Op. 109 is memorable here.”
This exciting release came on the back of a very busy year, which saw Martin celebrate his 60th birthday and included a special celebratory recital at the Wigmore Hall and concluded with three concerts at Kings Place in December. In further recognition of his sixtieth birthday and his contribution to Manchester's musical life over many years, the Bridgewater Hall has also appointed him as Associate Artist for the 2012-2013 season.