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20 June 2024
Daniel Hill: Schubert & Mussorgsky

Daniel Hill (piano)

Although these two masterpieces are of differing stylles - the Schhubert (1828) being a 4-movement sonata in the Viennese classical tradition and the Mussorgsky (1874) a sequence of 15 short sections in a deliberately Russian idiom that rejects western European influence, there are parallels between them.

Neither was published until after their composer’s death, the sonata in 1838 and Pictures in 1931, though an edited version by Rimsky-Korsakov had appeared in 1886. Neither work received real appreciation and understanding until the 20th century.

Daniel Hill comments: “My criteria for selecting repertoire to record was two-fold: firstly, that I would be playing music for which I held a deep respect, passion and conviction; and secondly, that they were pieces for which I felt I may be able to do some justice.” Both works, though largely disperate in nature, represent a kind of journey: in the vivid experience of Mussorgsky’s Pictures, this is somewhat overtly so; Schubert, on the other hand, takes us into a profoundly intimate and, at times, transcendental realm. “My hope in making this disc is that I may have found some of that elusive and prescious connection between interpreter and composition.”


Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A major, D959 I. Allegro II. Andantino III. III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace IV. Rondo: Allegretto

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition I. Promenade I II. Gnomus III. Promenade II IV. Il vecchio castello V. Promenade III VI. Tuileries (Dispute d'enfants après jeux) VII. Bydlo VIII. Promenade IV IX. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks X. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle XI. Promenade V XII. Limoges, le marché (La grande nouvelle) XIII. Catacombæ (Sepulcrum romanum) XIV. Con mortuis in lingua mortua XV. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yagá XVI. The Great Gate of Kiev

Recorded in Holy Trinity Church, Hereford, UK, on 13th & 14th April 2016
Front Cover: Gustav Klimt: Schubert am Klavier (1899) / Ilya Repin: Composer Modest Mussorgsky (Photos: akg-images)
Booklet design: Fruition Creative Concepts & Willowhayne Records
Piano Tuning & Maintenance: Philip Kennedy
Recording Engineers: Mark Hartt-Palmer & John Balsdon
Recording Production: John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 74.10
Release Date: August 2017

Daniel Hill (piano)Cornish-born Daniel received his musical education at Wells Cathedral School and the Royal College of Music, where his piano teachers were John Byrne and John Barstow.

Winner of the Hopkinson Gold Medal and as soloist in Constant Lambert’s Piano Concerto under the baton of Ian Brown, Daniel graduated with 1st Class Honours and a Postgraduate Distinction in Performance.  Thereupon he became a Junior Fellow of the RCM, during which two year period he began to establish himself as an active and diverse musician, as comfortable in solo repertoire and chamber music as accompaniment and teaching.

He has performed all over the world at venues which include the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, National Concert Hall Dublin, Hochschule der Künste Berlin and University of Iowa; and has broadcast frequently on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, BBC2 and Radio France.  Recent performances have included Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto and appearing in the Brass Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition which was shown on BBC television.

Daniel holds teaching positions at the Royal College of Music, Wycombe Abbey School and Charterhouse, and is Organist and Director of Music at St. Michael’s Parish Church, Camberley.

WHR042     View Booklet

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