Being quite new to this excellent website and enjoying the stimulating posts here on the message board, I wanted to take a moment to mention the beautiful work of British-born distinguished and inspirational classical composer and pianist, Julian Cochran.
Now residing in Australia, I think Julian's work deserves wider recognition over here. Gil Sullivan has described him as 'the finest interpreter of Mozart in the world'. Perhaps you are aware of Julian or even heard some of this music?!
Julian's written works demonstrate the great regard he has for the piano traditions of Liszt and Balakirev and more recent composers such as Ravel and Prokofiev. For example, Piano Sonata No. 2 can be viewed as an extension of Prokofiev's rhythmic sophistication and advanced harmonics. Even Cochran's most difficult pieces, however, are marked by elegance and refinement.
His website for anyone who wants more background is www.cochranmusic.com. His CD 'Extracts' is definitely worth a listen. It might even get reviewed on here! Fingers crossed!
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