Hello. My CD of John White’s early piano sonatas appeared early this year on Convivium Records. The same company have just sent my CD of solo pieces by Felix Blumenfeld to the factory, so that will be ready quite soon. I have just updated the whole site as well.
Last year I helped put together a series of concerts in the recital room in the basement of the Schott shop and publisher in London. They went pretty well so we have devised another. The pianists are mostly different ones from last year, and are all friends, some of whom are coming quite a longContinue reading “Schott Spring Piano Series 2010”
It is now only three days from my first performance of the ten sonatas of Alexander Scriabin. This is a project that has occupied me for some time: I first played the fifth sonata in 1984, in the intervening years I learned eight more, and this year I studied the final one. I am notContinue reading “Complete Scriabin Sonatas”
The May-June issue of International Piano carries this review: Concert – Jonathan Powell at Pushkin House, London Rachmaninoff Études tableaux op.33. Lyadov Barcarolle. Eiges Sonata no.2. Scriabin Sonata no.2. Conus Song without Words op.17. Mood Picture op.19 no.2. Regrets op.31 no.8. Blumenfeld Sonate-Fantaisie. 5 March 2009 Jonathan Powell turns up unknown composers as pigs digContinue reading “Pushkin House review”
My recording of Alexander Goldenweiser’s piano music has received some reviews. When a Westerner thinks of Alexander Goldenweiser, it is usually as one of the revered figures of the Russian piano tradition. Born three years after the Franco-Prussian War, Goldenweiser lived to see the Berlin Wall put up. He studied piano with Pabst and SilotiContinue reading “Reviews of Goldenweiser CD”
I was recently invited, at the last minute, to participate in the BabieLeto Festival in Levoca, Slovakia. I replaced the South African pianist Petronel Malan. Levoca itself is a fascinating walled mediaeval town, for more history and photos see here. The festival director David Conway made some films from the concerts (that also included theContinue reading “Footage from Slovakia”
CONCERT AND CD LAUNCH 15 July: Bauer & Hieber (ex Schott-UE) 48 Gt Marlborough St, London W1F 7BB, 6.30pm Jonathan Powell, piano Tickets on door £8/5 concessions Scriabin: Sonata No. 10 Medtner: Prologue, Op.1, No.1; Skazka, Op. 9, No. 2; Canzona serenata, Op. 38, No. 5; Skazka Op. 35, No. 4 Tournemire: Cloches de Châteauneuf-du-Faou,Continue reading “New CD and concerts”
Just to draw attention to the concert on Saturday: 21 June: Bauer & Hieber (ex Schott-UE), 48 Gt Marlborough St, London W1F 7BB, 6.30pm with Jørgen Hald Nielsen Rachmaninoff: Suite no.2, Symphonic Dances Gnattali: Brasiliana no.8 Bentzon: Propostae novae More news soon on a CD release!
Konzert Marx: Nicht Kommunist – Komponist! Von Daniel Wagner Wer war Joseph Marx? Komponist, Pianist, Musikgelehrter, potenzieller Präsidentschaftskandidat und Rezensent der “Wiener Zeitung”. Es bräuchte viele Definitionen zur Darstellung dieser Integrationsfigur der österreichischen usikgeschichte. Nüchtern betrachtet, muss man ihn anders beschreiben: Marx, der beinahe Vergessene. Damit es nicht so weit kommt, gründete eine Truppe engagierterContinue reading “One more report from Vienna …”
Here is a review from my concert in Vienna (28 January): British pianist Jonathan Powell shines with late Romantic piano music Vienna – it needed an English pianist to come to teach the Austrians a lesson in their own recent music history. Jonathan Powell is known for his recordings of rare piano music. He discovered,Continue reading “Recent concerts”