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Track(s) taken from 1EMIPM08

Toccata

composer
Blue Frenzy

Steven Kings (piano)
Recording details: August 2008
Victoria Rooms, Bristol, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Scott
Engineered by Jonathan Scott
Release date: December 2013
Total duration: 9 minutes 41 seconds

Cover artwork: Photo of Clifton Suspension Bridge by Mat Connolley
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Toccata  [9'41]

Reviews

'Highly listenable stuff, very deftly in control of its chosen medium. A number of disparate influences are on display here, but welded into an overall idiom of considerable charm … "Intensely pleasant music"? Most certainly' (International Record Review)

'This is a colorful and interesting set by a talented composer … the playing by Steven Kings is technically and emotionally perfect' (MusicWeb International)

'Are you going for piano triet brings this fine recording of interesting and evocative music to an exciting conclusion. As usual with Hyperion it is well recorded and it is all well worth listening to' (MusicWeb International)» More
Toccata is a tour de force of driving energy, based on some wild jazz-infused harmony and a few simple cells of melodic material which are explored and developed over a 9-minute period: technically demanding, mentally strenuous, the music's energy is regulated until the final release in the last section, where all the thematic fragments converge, and uninterrupted momentum is achieved. Two passages call for the use of the middle "sostenuto" pedal, which sustains only selected notes and leaves all others dry.

from notes by 1equalmusic 2013

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