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Raymond Clarke
[piano]

 


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Raymond Clarke was born in Bournemouth, England, in 1963. He held an academic exhibition whilst an undergraduate at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, where he obtained his MA. Raymond studied piano for two years at the RNCM as a postgraduate with the Polish pianist Ryszard Bakst (a pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus, Director of the Moscow Conservatoire). He made his London South Bank Centre début in March 1988, a recital described by Music and Musicians as ‘truly a historic performance' and which according to the critic of The Times ‘simply left one in dazed admiration.'

Since then Raymond has been an active recitalist, and has appeared as piano soloist in over forty works with orchestra, ranging from Mozart’s concerti to Scriabin’s Prometheus and Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie. His radio broadcasts have featured repertoire ranging from Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32 in C Minor Op. 111 to Robert Simpson’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Two of his commercial CDs have been chosen by Gramophone magazine’s annual ‘Critics’ Choice’ retrospective as being among the best releases on any label.

Raymond teaches piano four days a week at the Music Departments of Bristol University and Cardiff University, and in order to focus on his students’ work there he does not accept any private pupils. He is also editor of The New Shostakovich, a full-length study of the composer published by Pimlico with a foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Despite public performances earlier in his career of such repertoire as the three sonatas by Pierre Boulez and the four sonatas by Michael Tippett this area of the repertoire is not representative of Raymond’s concert programming, and his recital programme for the 2012-13 concert season is as follows:

Mozart: Sonata in F major, K533/494
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel, Op. 24
Scriabin: Sonata no. 7, Op. 64 ("White Mass")
Rachmaninov: Sonata no. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 (original version)


Full Discography:
PIANO MUSIC FOR CHILDREN: works by Shostakovich, Copland, Bartok, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Webern
Divine Art 25022
BRIAN: Complete Piano Music
Athene 23012 (previously ATHCD12)
COPLAND: Piano Sonata; Variations; Piano Fantasy; Passacaglia
Divine Art 25016
MATHIAS: Piano Sonatas 1 & 2; PICKARD: Piano Sonata
Diversions 24111
SHOSTAKOVICH: Five Preludes, from op.2; Three Fantastic Dances, op.5; Ten Aphorisms, op.13;
PANUFNIK: Pentasonata; Reflections; Twelve Miniature Studies
Divine Art 25018
SHOSTAKOVICH: 24 Preludes, op.34; Sonata no. 1, op.12; Sonata no. 2 in B minor, op.61;
Prelude & Fugue in D minor, op.87, no.24
Athene 23018 (previously ATHCD18)
SIMPSON: Complete solo Piano Music
Hyperion CDA 66827
STEVENSON: Passacaglia on DSCH
Marco Polo 8.223545
SZYMANOWSKI: 3 Piano Sonatas; Prelude & Fugue in C sharp minor
Athene 23019 (previously ATHCD19)
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CD details:

DDA 25016 Aaron Copland: piano music


DDA 25018 Shostakovich and Panufnik Piano Music


DDA 25022 Piano Music for Children


DDV 24111 Mathias and Pickard Sonatas


ATH 23012 Havergal Brian: complete piano works


ATH 23018 Shostakovich piano music


ATH 23019 Szymanowski piano music