I have contributed a chapter to a new book on the extraordinary music of Simon Holt which was published by Boydell in September. My chapter is on the piano music. I will give the first complete performance of Simon’s Migas in a specially programmed recital early in 2018. Meanwhile, I am performing several pieces from the collection including the first performance of Pink sugar skull in a seminar at the Royal College of Music in their Music and Ideas series on Thursday 26th October.
I have been invited to play with the Red Note Ensemble at the Huddersfield Festival. The concert includes the premiere of a substantial new work by James Dillon.
My transcription of the Pieces de clavecin en concerts is included on my recording: Rameau The Complete Keyboard Music, on Toccata Classics (TOCC0050,0051,0052 - BBC Music Magazine 5 stars). The transcriptions follow the suggestions of Rameau in 1741, who transcribed only 4 of the pieces himself. The subject is explored in an article I have written for a special edition of Early Music : Jean-Phillipe Rameau and his world (November 2016).
Click below for info about recent projects, upcoming events and the Rameau recording.
Recent projects and recitals
5/2/17 Haydn, Liszt, Debussy, Janacek : The Dysart, Petersham
23/2/17 Balint Lackzo : GSMD Milton Court
27/2 – 1/3/17 French Piano Music course : Benslow Music
29/3/17 Haydn, Liszt, Debussy, Janacek : Recital International Cello Gathering, Bryanston
8/7/17 ’Powerful Women’ with Sarah Leonard : Benslow Music
14/10/17 ’Songs for night’ with Sue Anderson : St Mary and St John Balham
26/10/17 Simon Holt various piano works : Royal College of Music Music and Ideas seminar
17/2/17 Huddersfield Festival
26/2 – 28/2/18 French Piano Music course : Benslow Music
Enthusiastic reviews for the third and final volume of my recording of all Rameau’s keyboard works played on the modern piano. BBC Music Magazine gave it 5 stars and MusicWeb International chose it as their CD of the month.
Scott Noriega in Fanfare:
‘After playing this disc over and over again this month, I’ll be sure to run – not walk! – to my nearest shop to obtain the two releases I’ve missed out on thus far… the pianist’s sense of exploration, his wide tonal palette, and his rhythmic freedom can all be heard to good advantage, along with his intimate and scholarly knowledge of these works … Gutman proves a guide of the first order … there is hardly a movement in the entire recital that will not charm and delight the most judgmental of listeners’
Toccata Classics TOCC0052
The CD contains the magnificent Nouvelles Suites. There are also some rarities on the disc. These include the fleeting Les petits marteaux, now thought to be by Rameau, and the 5th Concert from the Pieces de clavecin en concerts. The Concert includes one of Rameau’s most beautiful pieces La Cupis. A transcription of a giga from the Acte de ballet Pigmalion gets its first recording. It was found in manuscript in the Bibliotheque Nationale by the distinguished Rameau expert Graham Sadler who has again written the liner notes for this volume.
Another review of Volume 3:
The Gramophone Michael Church
‘Gutman’s responsive touch brings out the dance rhythms underlying many of the pieces … When virtuosity is required … he delivers it effortlessly, and he does rustic charm in spades.’ (5 stars)
Toccata Classics TOCC0051
The second volume of my recording of Rameau’s complete keyboard music played on the modern piano was released in October 2012. The CD contains the astonishing Les Cyclopes, one of the very few of his pieces to have been taken up by pianists. There are also many rarities and new discoveries on the disc. These include 24 numbers from the opéra-ballet Les Indes Galantes, in their original 1735/6 keyboard versions, and my solo version of the 4th Concert from the Pieces de clavecin en concerts. The Concert finishes with Rameau’s self-portrait La Rameau. A transcription of an eloquent gavotte from the tragédie-lyrique Dardanus gets its first recording. The distinguished Rameau expert Graham Sadler has again written the liner notes for this volume.
A review of Volume 2 from Brian Wilson in MusicWeb International:
‘Stephen Gutman … shares with a very small number of pianists the ability to make modern piano performances of the music of this period sound as enjoyable to me as those on the harpsichord; in effect, I forget which instrument is being employed. That small group includes Angela Hewitt, who has recorded [Rameau] for Hyperion (CDA67597) and in Bach Glenn Gould … and Murray Perahia … Roll on the third and final volume.’
Some of the reviews of Volume 1 TOCC0050:
Fanfare Barry Brenesal
‘Gutman has the technical resources to play this music … There is none of the sense of speed for virtuosity’s sake … Gutman’s album is a welcome addition to the field, as much for his distinct point of view as for the promise of so much Rameau.
BBC Music Magazine Nicholas Anderson
Gutman’s playing is engaging for its ornamental delicacy and communicative lyricism … I look forward to the remaining volumes
Gramophone Lindsay Kemp
The Pieces en concerts transfer joyously to the piano, at least in the no-nonsense performance they get from Gutman … performances well worth investigating