New review of ‘Great American Sonatas’ on SOMM in the current issue of International Piano Quarterly: This superb recital shines like a beacon, illuminating the differing styles of Copland, Bernstein, Lou Harrison and Ives… Finely recorded, few more impressive discs of American piano music exist.
This autumn Nathan is composing a new children’s opera with children’s author and librettist Zanib Main, for the Mahogany Opera Group’s ‘Snappy Operas’ – a nationwide project with children aged 7-11 taking part in creating and performing a series of newly commissioned ten-minute operas.
Nathan continues his association with the wonderful Friday Afternoons project in accompanying 700-odd children for The Big Sing at Snape Maltings on 17th November, as well as working for The Yehudi Menuhin School’s outreach project this autumn, presenting concerts with young artists from Yehudi Menuhin at primary and special needs schools in Surrey and south London.
Other recent reviews: Great American Sonatas – 5 stars from Peter Dickinson in Musical Opinion – an exceptional CD announcing a remarkable young British pianist… a landmark in recordings of American piano music – 4 stars from Geoff Brown in BBC Music Magazine – He’s at his most memorable of all in the quiet reminiscences textured into ‘The Celestial Railroad’… Maybe there will be a volume two..?‘ and 4 stars from Fiona Maddocks in The Observer here. Jed Distler reviews in The Gramophone: A release of distinction. The CD includes works by Bernstein, Copland, Harrison and Ives, and was made with the generous support from the Gemma Classical Music Trust.
Piano Circus will undertake a residency at Snape Maltings in February 2018, developing a major new commission and re-visiting older ‘classic’ PC repertoire ahead of the group’s 30th Anniversary celebrations in 2019. More on this shortly…
The 450th Anniversary of Rugby School celebratory year is coming to a close later this month – Nathan composed a new overture for the occasion which was premiered at Rugby in June as part of their global event day. A full write-up can be found here.