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Music for violin and piano
by Gerard Schurmann -
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HOWARD SMITH

'Excellent from start to finish.'

Gerard Schurmann: Music for Violin and Piano. © 2012 Toccata Classics

While thankful at discovering a programme of Anglo-Dutch composer Gerard Schurmann's idiosyncratic, lyrical violin and piano music on disc -- however belatedly -- I judge this Toccata release doubly welcome for its persuasive, detailed notes by journalist Carolyn Nott (also known as Mrs Schurmann) who runs a consulting business marketing for architects and designers.

Even more, Toccata CEO Martin Anderson has engaged performers quite clearly intent on identifying with Schurmann's singular works; lavishing them with fire, passion, and consistent resolve.

None of this music is that of a young man; the two duo compositions and works for piano alone were written within years when Schurmann was forty-eight, and an octogenarian, aged eighty-three (2007).

In 1990 sixteen-year-old violinist Alyssa Park became the youngest prizewinner in the history of the Tchaikovsky International Competition earning the bronze medal...

Copyright © 19 May 2012 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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GERARD SCHURMANN: MUSIC FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

GERARD SCHURMANN

TOCCATA CLASSICS

LOS ANGELES

CALIFORNIA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

VIOLIN MUSIC

PIANO MUSIC

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