In the balance
Piano sonatas by Myroslav Gutej,
as heard by BASIL RAMSEY
An Australian composer little known outside his country is Myroslav Gutej.
He plays six of his piano sonatas on this CD, and I find it impossible to
be enthusiastic, or even lukewarm. Gutej had university training in composition
and piano, which places him rightly as a professionally equipped musician.
So the six sonatas I hear come from a composer who means exactly what he
writes and who obviously plays his music with a sense of conviction.
Beyond that I tread carefully and can only assure all who read this of
my concern as a listener for objectivity in areas of composition.
But it fails me most of the way, although Gutej knows precisely the intention
of his compositional journey and its manner of engaging the ear. I can only
report my indifference to the experience, and leave it to curious readers
to follow through.
Copyright © 31 August 2002
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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Myroslav Gutej: Piano Sonatas Nos 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7
K719431160428 DDD Stereo 45'17" 2001 KWA Records
Myroslav Gutej, piano
Piano Sonata No 5 (1995); Piano Sonata No 1 (1991); Piano Sonata No 6 (1995); Piano Sonata No 3 (1991); Piano Sonata No 4 (1995); Piano Sonata No 7 (1996)
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