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Piano Season: Gwilym Simcock

2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 06 October 2012

Continuing the Piano Season on the BBC, jazz pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock chooses a a selection of works reflecting his diverse musical influences.

Gwilym Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the British scene. Able to move effortlessly between jazz and classical music, he can inhabit both worlds and has been described as stylistically reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, complete with 'harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions' as well as being a pianist of 'exceptional', 'brilliant' and 'dazzling' ability. Gwilym's influences include jazz legends Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and John Taylor and classical composers such as Ravel, Stravinsky and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Gwilym is the fourth of a series of five guest presenters, who have been offering a selection of music reflecting their personal musical interests and passions related to the piano. These have been recorded for Saturday Classics especially for the Piano Season on the BBC.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt Consolations S.172 for piano - no.3 in D flat major; Lento placido

    Performer: Vladimir HOROWITZ - Piano

    RCA 09026 61415-2

  • Image for Francis Poulenc

    Francis Poulenc Novelette no. 2 in B flat minor for piano

    Performer: Francis POULENC - Piano

    EMI CDC5 55036-2

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Fantaisie-impromptu in C sharp minor Op.66 for piano

    Performer: Artur RUBINSTEIN - Piano

    RCA RD89911

  • Image for Samuel Barber

    Samuel Barber 4 Excursions Op.20 for piano - no.1; Un poco allegro [C minor]

    Performer: Angela BROWNRIDGE - Piano

    HELIOS CDH-88016

  • Image for Sir Michael Tippett

    Sir Michael Tippett Concerto for piano and orchestra - 1st movement; Allegro non troppo

    Conductor: Martyn BRABBINS Performer: Steven OSBORNE - Piano Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    HYPERION CDA 674612

  • Image for Olivier Messiaen

    Olivier Messiaen 8 Preludes for piano - no.6; Cloches d'angoisse et larmes d'adieu

    Performer: Roger MURARO - Piano

    ACCORD 4616462

  • Image for Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin

    Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin Sonata no. 4 in F sharp major Op.30 for piano - 2nd movement; Prestissimo volando

    Performer: Vladimir ASHKENAZY - Piano

    DECCA 4250579-2

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Trio no. 1 Op.8 for piano and strings

    Performer: Beaux Arts Trio

    WARNER CLASSICS 2564 62514-2

  • Image for Henri Dutilleux

    Henri Dutilleux Sonata for piano - 2nd movement; Lied

    Performer: Anne QUEFFELEC - Piano


  • Image for Gwilym Simcock

    Gwilym Simcock Mezzotint for piano

    Performer: Gwilym SIMCOCK - Piano

    ACT 9501-2

  • Image for John Ireland

    John Ireland Rhapsody for piano

    Performer: John LENEHAN - Piano

    NAXOS 8.553889

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Concerto in A minor Op.16 for piano and orchestra - 2nd movement; Adagio

    Performer: Andrew LITTON - Piano Performer: Stephen HOUGH - Piano Performer: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

    HYPERION CDA 67824

  • Image for Keith Jarrett

    Keith Jarrett Testament

    Performer: Keith JARRETT - Piano

    ECM 2130

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten Concerto Op.13 for piano and orchestra - 1st movement; Toccata. Allegro molto e con brio

    Conductor: Paavo JARVI Performer: Leif Ove ANDSNES - Piano Performer: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    EMI CDC 556 760-2

  • Image for Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin

    Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin Sonata no. 6 Op.62 for piano - 3rd movement

    Performer: Marc-Andre HAMELIN - Piano

    HYPERION CDA 67433


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