In 2002 Simon Smith made his recording debut on Delphian in a disc of James MacMillan’s complete piano music, paired with Stuart MacRae’s Piano Sonata. Recordings of music by Hafliði Hallgrímsson and Thomas Wilson have followed. In this new, substantial outing Smith turns from music-making in Scotland to another of his lifelong loves, the music of Alfred Schnittke. This two-disc set comprises Schnittke’s entire published output for solo piano (including one piece for piano duet and another for six hands at one keyboard). The Russian composer’s music often makes gargantuan demands of the player. Smith’s astonishing dynamic palette and heartfelt musicality combine here to stunning effect.
"Simon Smith has the technical wherewithal and serious musicianship that enable him to convey seemingly intractable passages with narrative cogency...His thoroughly researched annotations add further value to an important release."
"Smith demonstrates complete empathy with Schnittke's distinctive sound-world. His playing has great dramatic immediacy...Altogether these are compelling and utterly persuasive accounts."
Recording venue(s): Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh
Recording dates: 23 January 2012, 4-5 December 2012 & 18-19 April 2013
Physical format: Jewel case (slimline double)
Number of discs: 2
Number of tracks: 36
Total playing time: 2:26:29
First UK release date: October 14, 2002
Album ID: DCD34131