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Lionel Harrison
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« Reply #2520 on: August 01, 2021, 06:58:04 pm »

Cyril Scott: Complete Piano Sonatas    /Leslie D'eath            Dutton

Not everyone warms to his music;but I like some of Scott's music. Particularly his chamber & instrumental music. I think he was at his best when he was composing for smaller forces. I find some of his Piano music a very interesting,intriguing and often fascinating,listening experience. Late at night it can even seem quite hypnotic in effect! Often influenced by exotic subject's. There are French & Russian influences;but it also sounds very english & like Cyril Scott,really!! I think his piano music is an important contribution to British music of the period,and I think it's,frankly,shocking and a bit of a disgrace that it was neglected so long! Other's may (will,no doubt!) disagree! I have every volume of Dutton's survey,'The Complete Piano Music'. And what a great name! Leslie D'eath! Why I can't I have a surname like that? Dafydd D'eath! (Actually,that sounds daft!! Roll Eyes Grin)

I agree with all you say about Cyril Scott. It is a disgrace that he was neglected for so long but his re-emergence as a significant voice seems to have come in fits and starts. I wonder if it is because of the variety of French, Russian and exotic influences that you refer to: on limited hearings, he may seem too eclectic for his own good. I first became acquainted with him as a young teenager when my progressive piano teacher gave me the Three Little Waltzes op 58 to learn and he has been a companion ever since (Scott, that is, not my piano teacher  Cheesy).
I have been listening through every volume of the Dutton survey of his piano music and I find it all quite fascinating! I think it is a major contribution to British piano music of the period. At times it has an almost hypnotic,mesmerising quality to it. And yes,maybe he was a little too eclectic for his own good;but it's the French and Russian influences,and exotic inspiration (Kipling's Jungle Book,Egypt,et al) that make it so fascinating! At times,as in the Theme and Variations he is,technically,quite brilliant! The Wow factor really came in here! Yes,it is a disgrace,Lionel,that music of this importance,has been neglected for so long. This survey was worth the wait though! Leslie D'eath and Dutton did a magnificent job! (It's also great to hear Cyril Scott's own recordings,which Dutton,thoughtfully,included).

I'm glad you've had such a rewarding experience, cilgwyn, listening to all this. It's splendid that so much of Scott's music in all genres is now available in first-class recordings. However, I bet that if and when we get back to staging regular concerts and recitals, precious little of it will turn up on programmes.  Sad
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