New CD of Messiaen hits the headlines

image of CD cover‘Hill paints the score like an artist at his canvas, with an acute awareness of colour and timbre, light and shade'
— BBC Music Magazine, FIVE STARS

The latest CD by Peter Hill (Professor Emeritus in Music) features a recently discovered work by Olivier Messiaen, along with music by nine other composers – from Ravel to Stockhausen, Takemitsu and George Benjamin.

Top twenty

The recording has reached the classical ‘top twenty’ and has been attracting world-wide media attention.

In the press

Richard Morrison in The Times hailed the release: ‘What a discovery! La Fauvette Passerinette is a stunning 11-minute piano solo – joyous, syncopated and virtuosic … It was rediscovered recently by Peter Hill, who sends its birdsong fantasies soaring fabulously on a fascinating disc that puts the French maître in the context of contemporaries … and pupils.’ Other reviewers agree: ‘A hugely rewarding and important disc’ (Guardian), ‘combines imagination, adventure, discovery and consummate artistry’ (Scotsman), ‘intoxicating’ (Télérama), and ‘a superbly planned and executed recital … and it ought to appear on a few record of the year lists’ (Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3). The CD – La Fauvette Passerinette: A Messiaen premiere with birds, landscapes and homages – is on the Delphian label (DCD 34141) and has been selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, Instrumental Choice in BBC Music Magazine and as a record of the year in the Sunday Times.

Recital in New York

In October Peter was in the United States giving concerts, lectures and masterclasses at Keene College in New Hampshire, New York University and Yale, ending with a recital in New York. He is finishing a book on Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux for CUP, and in the spring returns to the recording studio in a recital of music by Bach.