SONATA: Solo Piano Works Composed & Performed by Mark Isaacs
Recorded for the ABC Classic label, this album is an intimately authentic selection of recent solo piano classical compositions by Mark Isaacs, performed by the composer. It features a suite of six Songs Without Words, a set of variations on the English folksong The Snow It Melts the Soonest, and his Sonata.
“Both in life and in his music, pianist and composer Mark Isaacs is searching in the darkness for truth; a profound intelligence guides him but never stands in the way of his heart. These probing, introspective solo works are deeply moving, gracefully played, and filled with humanity.”
—JAMES GAVIN biographer and journalist
“Music, at its absolute best, touches the realm of infinity. This is the feeling I have always had with Mark Isaacs’ music, delirious with the beauty and depth of his masterful storytelling, sensitive technique and razor-sharp intelligence.”—SIMON TEDESCHI concert pianist and author
“In the 19th century it was normal that composers would play their own piano music—one thinks of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt…(a line of which perhaps the last was Rachmaninov). It is a mark of the originality of Isaacs’ project that he can surmount the considerable technical demands of his own piano music and present these works in performances so carefully sculpted that their changing moods strike us with an intimate authenticity. A performer’s job is to make any music he performs his own—well, here the music, being Isaacs’ own, leaps off the page under his fingers.”
—NICHOLAS ROUTLEY composer, pianist, conductor, musicologist