Friday, 2 October 2020

Contemporary Piano Soundbites

Contemporary Piano Soundbites - Duncan Honeybourne - Prima Facie

During the lockdown, pianist Duncan Honeybourne commissioned a series of piano miniatures by diverse composers including Graham Fitkin, John McLeod, Sadie Harrison, Francis Pott, Luke Whitlock, David Lancaster, John Casken and pieces by young and emerging composers, and he premiered these in video recitals recorded at home alongside a fundraising project for Help Musicians UK's hardship fund. 

Now Honeybourne has recorded a selection of the pieces as Contemporary Piano Soundbites for a disc on Prima Facie Records, and profits from the sale of the CD will also go towards the fundraising for Help Musicians UK.

Recorded under social distancing conditions in July, Honeybourne's original intention in the pieces was to harness the zeitgeist of the present situation, and create an artistic keepsake of an extraordinary phase of our history. There are 23 pieces on the disc, by 22 composers ranging from one born in 1934 to one born in 1998, with several younger composers making their first appearance on disc.

The disc is currently available from the Prima Facie website, and will be available to download from 6 November 2020.


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