P1431. DENIS MATTHEWS: Das wohltemperierte Klavier - Prelude and Fugue in e-flat, BWV 853 (Bach); Keyboard Sonata in E, Hob.XVI:31 (Haydn); Fantasie #1 with fugue in C, K. 394; w.Rudolf Schwarz Cond. Philharmonia Orch.: Piano Concerto #27 in B-flat, K.595 (both Mozart). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-1342, recorded 1 April, 1954, Kingsway Hall, London. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Denis Matthews made his orchestral debut at the Proms in 1938, playing Beethoven’s c minor piano concerto. He served in the RAF from 1940-46, and then resumed a full-time performing career, playing with all the major UK orchestras under Thomas Beecham, John Barbirolli and Malcolm Sargent. He had particular affinity with the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, and was renowned for his unaffected refined pianism. A performer who was more concerned to serve the interests of the music rather than the musician’s ego, his brilliant, questioning mind brought magic and freshness to his interpretations, and made him an inspiring teacher who encouraged his students to think beyond the notes on the page. Later in his life, he gave up performing to dedicate himself to teaching and lecturing, broadcasting and writing. His edition of the Mozart piano sonatas, prepared with Stanley Sadie, became widely used. His study of Beethoven received wide critical acclaim.”
- Frances Wilson, INTERLUDE, 27 Feb., 2019