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Home listening: Howard Skempton piano works and more

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

Dedicatee William Howard shines in Skempton's Preludes and Fugues; Italian pianist Alessio Bax keeps it close to home. Plus, the Royal Opera's Norma on Radio 3 • Howard Skempton 's 24 Preludes and Fugues for piano, performed by William Howard , for whom they were written, take inspiration from the models of JS Bach and Shostakovich. As with all his music, Skempton has used great aural economy to create something of lasting power. He completed the set in 2019, giving himself the challenge of making each piece fit on an A4 page, which means the longest of these jewelled works lasts little...
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