This CD celebrates two notable milestones in American music: the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter (to whom we dedicate the CD) and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Miklós Rózsa, who sadly is no longer with us. Each wrote just one Piano Sonata - of which this is currently the only recording of the Rózsa piece) and they are presented with the Fourth Sonata (the "Keltic") of Edward MacDowell. Splendid performances.
“Carter called [Seivewright’s performance of his Sonata] “breathtaking’ and so it sounds here. Seivewright’s performance [of the Rozsa] is lucid, expressive, and a bit stark. [He] makes the most of [the MacDowell ] sonata’s heart-on-sleeve directness. He also offers detailed, authoritative notes.”
“This is an intriguing collection... [the Rozsa Sonata] is a powerful, tautly conceived Sonata. The Elliott Carter Sonata is a pivotal work in the creative life of our centenarian master. Seiveright approaches the work from a contemporary perpective, emphasizing the angularity and abstraction of the work. Seivewright certainly has the imprimatur of the composer ... a riveting and energetic program..."
Peter Burwasser - Fanfare
“Bartok meets Hollywood in a score from a composer best known for film music... the last movement [of the Rozsa Sonata] is brilliantly brought off. Throughout, Seivewright exhibits a prodigious technique”
“[Seivewright’s] pianism is fully up to [the three sonatas’] very different though equally formidable demands... the inlay features an eloquent endorsement from Elliott Carter [from 25 years ago] and the present account confirms that his identity with this piece remains undimmed. The disc is well recommended overall”