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BEETHOVEN 2020: Nathan performs all 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos throughout 2020, including a complete cycle with the Prometheus Orchestra and conductor Edmond Fivet at Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings, and the first four in a weekend festival, 15th and 16th February, in Aldeburgh.

  • Wednesday January 1st 2020, 3pm, in the Southwold Concert Series, St Edmund’s Church, Southwold: Beethoven Sonata in C minor, op.13 (‘Pathetique’) and Concerto no 4 in G major (arrangement for piano and string quintet) with the Prometheus String Ensemble (Mike Dolan, leader)
  • Saturday February 15th, 7:30pm, Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall: with the Prometheus Orchestra and conductor Edmond Fivet – Beethoven Concertos no.1 in C major and no.3 in C minor – and Sunday February 16th, 4pm, Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, Prometheus Orchestra and Edmond Fivet – Beethoven Concertos no.2 in B flat and no.4 in G major
  • Saturday June 20th, 7:30pm, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds: Suffolk Sinfonia conducted by Neil Carlson – Beethoven Concerto no.5 in E flat (‘Emperor’)
  • Saturday October 10th, 7:30pm, Snape Maltings: Prometheus Orchestra and Edmond Fivet – Beethoven Concerto no.5 in E flat (‘Emperor’)

British Music since 1914 with James Gilchrist: throughout 2020 Nathan and tenor James Gilchrist will record a cycle of three CDs of British music from 1912 to the present day for SOMM Recordings, beginning with unpublished songs by Holst, and songs by Gurney, Clarke and Frank Bridge and moving through to songs by Nathan, John Woolrich, Geoffrey Poole, Peter Dickinson, and Madeleine Dring. CDs are expected to be released periodically from early 2021. More to follow…

Latest solo CD, ‘Colour and Light’ on SOMM-Recordings: Delius: Nocturne, Prelude and Duet; Peter Dickinson: Paraphrase II; William Alwyn: Twelve Preludes; Elisabeth Lutyens: The Ring of Bone; Anthony Herschel Hill: Litany and Toccata (premiere recordings). Reviews include:

  • International Piano Quarterly (CD of the month): ‘No praise could be high enough of Williamson’s performances, where, as in his previous discs of Brahms, Schubert and American piano music his conviction is palpable, making you long to hear more. Whether in the dream-world of the Delius Nocturne or in the fire and ice of the Herschel Hill Toccata, Williamson unearths musical treasure beyond price’. (Bryce Morrison)
  • Gramophone: ‘The eclecticism and stylistic contrasts on Nathan Williamson’s newest release reveal this pianist’s knack for conceiving intelligent and freshly minted playlists of relatively unfamiliar yet worthy repertoire… A stimulating and provocative release.’ (Jed Distler)
  • Musical Opinion: ‘Nathan Williamson’s earlier SOMM CD of Great American Sonatas made a considerable impression and he follows that success with another disc of distinction in choice of music and performance. … Williamson raises the stakes of musical appreciation with little-known but superb music… (James Palmer)
  • Limelight Magazine, Australia: ‘All are played by Williamson with that variety of confidence and sensitivity, in regard to form and content, that only another composer can guarantee.’ (Will Yeoman)
  • Classical Ear: ‘Fleet, felt playing, by turns concentrated and free (supported by his excellent booklet notes and a well-framed recording)…’ (Michael Quinn)
  • Music web International: ‘Nathan Williamson’s playing is excellent throughout. He rises to each of the challenges posed by the diverse compositional styles, and surpasses them with aplomb… Williamson’s booklet notes are also excellent, informative and succinct, and prove to be the ideal introduction to this music… A worthy addition to any collection of twentieth century British music.’ (Stuart Sillitoe)