Release date: 1 June 2015
Credits and About
Tom Poster Pianist
Produced by Peter Newble
Executive producer Dave Stapleton
Described as ‘a marvel’ by The Herald, this remarkable new disc clearly provides evidence of his virtuosic mastery, control and musicianship, confirming his reputation as one of the UK’s leading and most exciting pianists.
Intent on achieving a balanced musical life, Poster manages a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and self-described ‘occasional composer’, seeing him work with some of the UK’s most celebrated soloists, chamber groups and orchestras as well as featuring on soundtracks to some of Britain’s most popular films including the recent Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything. Having established a wealth of praise from recitals, radio broadcasts and concerto appearances, this new disc securely places him at the forefront of the classical music scene.
Light and Shadows is his first disc for Edition Classics. His previous disc, In Dance and Song, an eclectic programme of miniatures from Gluck to Gershwin (Champs Hill Records, 2013), was released to rapturous critical acclaim. For his new disc a clear contrast was needed, major works from the piano repertoire requiring greater interpretative depth while forming a cohesive and well-balanced programme. A single-composer disc didn’t seem the best reflection of a musician with such diverse passions. His choice of repertoire emerged from a love of three key composers: Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. As Tom explains: “This disc was an opportunity for me to present a recital of works which speak very personally to me but also offer huge contrast. I chose to juxtapose one of Beethoven’s most relaxed and radiant sonatas, the ‘Pastoral’, with one of Chopin’s darkest and most intense works, his extraordinary ‘Funeral March’ Sonata. To complement these two iconic masterpieces, I added Schumann’s magical Waldszenen, a comparative rarity, a work of beauty and mystery, shadows and half-lights”.
With the release of Light and Shadows, a new home at Edition Classics and an ever busy concert schedule, there’s no doubt that we will all be seeing a lot more from this outstanding musician.The
"Poster's sense of character is tellingly astute."
The Daily Telegraph
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