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21 May 2024
Michael Bell in Recital

Michael Bell (piano)

Michael Bell is a distinguished pianist and pedagogue; an artist of great vision with an enviable musical mind, who combines technical flare with a tender poetic touch. In these fine performances, gathered together and remastered from recordings made some 15 years ago, we witness the breadth of his musicianship. His Tchaikovsky Seasons is surely among the very finest on disc, and is beautifully complimented by sparkling renditions of three less-often played works, each taking a continuing Romanticism off in a distinctly different direction.


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Seasons, Op. 37a

I. January: By the Fireside

II. February: Shrovetide Carnival

III. March: The Song of the Lark

IV. April: The Snowdrop

V. May: White Nights

VI. June: Barcarolle

VII. July: The Song of the Reaper

VIII. August: The Harvest

IX. September: The Hunt

X. October: Autumn Song

XI. November: Troika

XII. December: Christmas Eve

Leoš Janácek: On an Overgrown Path, Book 2, JW VII/17

I. Andante

II. Allegretto

III. Più mosso

IV. Allegro

V. Vivo

Francis Poulenc: Deux novelettes, FP 47

I. C major - Modéré sans lenteur

II. B flat major - Très rapide et rhythmé

Francis Poulenc: Novelette sur un thème de Manuel de Falla

Peter Seabourne: Trois petits adieux


II. Playful yet poignant

III. Sombre

Sound Recording/ Editing: Peter Seabourne
Recording, March 2004
Total Time: 77.52
Release Date: July 2021

Michael Bell (piano)Michael Bell is a distinguished pianist, and a widely respected pedagogue. Having studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derryck Wyndham and Sulamita Aronovsky, he was awarded a Chopin Fellowship from the Polish Government, enabling him to move to the State Academy in Warsaw. Subsequent national and international prizes led to numerous live concert performances and broadcasts on radio and TV throughout Europe, Australia and Africa.

More recent highlights have included concerts at London's Southbank Centre, in Bulgaria with the Sofia Philharmonic, and return invitations to the Kharkiv Assemblies Festival in Ukraine.

His solo repertoire is diverse and extensive, with recordings of solo works by Granados, Haydn, Grieg, Janacek, Seabourne, and of 20th Century English trios. Partnering clarinettist Victoria Samek, his disc of the complete duo works by Richard Rodney Bennett received much critical acclaim, as did his recording of Seabourne’s Steps Volume 3: Arabesques.

Michael Bell is also in demand as an acknowledged Lieder accompanist and is a member of the Chamber Players of London. A versatile and exciting musician, he has over thirty concertos in his repertoire, and has performed the complete Beethoven cycle. He has given premières of works dedicated to him by Peter Seabourne and Miroslav Spasov.

His playing is characterised by a vast palette of pianistic colour, great attention to articulation, and always the communication of an intensely personal vision.

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