Peter Hill book cover imageHighest praise for Peter Hill in The Guardian and an upcoming celebration concert for publication of Messiaen manuscripts

A recent performance by Peter Hill (Professor Emeritus in Music) of Messiaen’s La Fauvette Passerinette – in a concert from the Philharmonia Orchestra’s City of Light series – has been described by The Guardian (in a five-star review) as ‘virtuosic and beautifully poised … This was complemented by the massive seven-sectioned cycle for two pianos, Visions de l’Amen. Hill and Benjamin Frith played this with a balance of serenity and a vast, celebratory resonance. Each player was acutely attuned to the sonorities realised by the other, moving on a slow trajectory towards the final culminating Amen de la Consommation. As the last sound died away, Hill’s head was bowed long and low over the keyboard. The audience was similarly transfixed. A section of fierce Stravinsky-like chords in La Fauvette provided the link to the version of The Rite of Spring for four hands at the piano. Rarely can this have been performed with such a visceral quality, or clarity of colour and registration. Hill’s authority and Frith’s power made it unforgettable.'

The score of Messiaen’s La Fauvette Passerinette – reconstructed by Peter Hill from sketches he discovered among the composer’s manuscripts – is being published this month by Faber Music. The publication is being celebrated in a concert at the Institut Français in London on 28 March, at which Peter Hill will be partnered by the pianist Peter Donohoe.