The music of John R Williamson, a composer from Manchester, England, is deserving of greater recognition. Murray McLachlan is a champion of Williamson’s music and presents the second of a series of 3 CDs in which his stylistic and virtuosic playing enhances further the individuality of these works. The final piece on the disc, ’Lament for Sarah’, is played by the composer.
“Here is a remarkable trio of CDs featuring the piano music of John R. Williamson. He has forged a style that convincingly fuses disparate elements into an organic whole. The lyrical impulse is very strong and the emotional world is often intense and heartfelt. Time and time again the listener is carried along by sweeps of modal contours that are enlivened and even subverted by the churning harmonies. The world is lucky to have a fine composer such as Williamson and he himself is lucky to have a pianist so dedicated to playing his music as Murray McLachlan. The three CDs are attractively packaged...recordings are clear and have plenty of gain... powerful music and committed performances. Williamson is making an important contribution to piano repertoire in a style all his own.”
David Hackbridge Johnson
“Eloquently persuasive performances of Williamson’s unusual and finely crafted works”