Monday 16th October 2006: Piano Recital by Colin Stone
Beethoven: “Les Adieux Sonata” in E flat Op 81(a)
Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues from Op.87, Nos 6, 7, 16, 15.
Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor
Nocturne in D flat Op27 no.2
Nocturne in C minor Op.48 no.1
Mazurkas Op.59 Ballade No.4 in f minor
Colin Stone first came to prominence in 1986 when he won the Royal Over-Seas League Piano Competition in London, his performance of Liszt's 'Dante Sonata' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall being a notable triumph. In the same year, encouragement at the Busoni competition in Italy and a highly acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut, launched his career as a soloist.
At the final of the prestigious Young Concert Artists Trust audition a year earlier, the famous conductor Sir Charles Groves praised the young pianist for his 'rare musical qualities and tipped him to succeed at the very highest level'. Many concerto engagements followed including Mozart's K271 in a tour of Italy with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven's Emperor at the Sheldonian Theatre, the two Brahms concerti, the Schumann at St. John Smith's Square, the Tchaikovsky B flat minor, Rachmaninov's 2nd, both Shostakovich concerti and the Cesar Frank with Grant Llewellyn and the National Centre for Orchestral Studies Orchestra.
In 1989 he made his debut on BBC Radio 3 and, following the success of his live 'Concert Hall' broadcast in 1990 and the subsequent Prokofiev series, he is regularly invited to record for Radio 3. A highlight of 1992 was a tour of Canada which included a recording of a live recital at Concordia University for CBS in Montreal.
Later that year he began a series of recordings for Pickwick's IMP Masters label with the then recently formed Their recordings of Trios by Schubert and Dvorak were enthusiastically received by Gramophone magazine and their recording of Schubert's Trio in B flat D.898 was the 'overall first choice' from twenty recordings on the BBC Radios 3's 'Building a Library'; 'The best since Casals, Cortot and Thibaud'.
Colin Stone's first solo
of transcriptions by Prokofiev of his own theatre music, was released in 1994 on the United label and has been followed by a
for Olympia of the two piano sonatas by Schostakovich. The review for Classic CD magazine considered the Shostakovich CD 'an outstanding release' and commented on the 'overwhelming mastery' of the performances: Gramophone magazine have included it in their Good CD Guide.
In 1998 Colin gave the inaugural recital in Jerusalem for the Anglo Israeli Piano Platform which was broadcast live. In the same year, with cellist Leonid Gorokhov, he performed at major venues in St. Petersburg and Switzerland.
In partnership with the distinguished sound engineer and producer, Tryggvi Tryggvason, Colin has released three
of solo piano music on the Merlin Classics label with major works by Schubert, Chopin and Schumann ,as well as music by contemporary composers - Andre Tchaikovsky, Malcolm Williamson and Robert Keeley. Colin gave the world premiere of Keeley's piano concerto 'Entourages' in a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in March 2001. He has recently embarked on a cycle of the thirty-two piano sonatas of Beethoven and is also preparing the complete piano works of Dmitri Shostakovich to mark the composer's centenary in 2006. Colin combines his performing activities with his role as a professor at the
“The final attraction of the day was a superlative performance of the (Schubert) Piano Sonata in C minor (D958) by Colin Stone. His reading had just the right halance of rugged strength and lyricism, with well-judged tempi and dynamics. This was a performance where technique and passion were at the service of the music and the composer's intentions.”
London Schubert Day - Morley College, May 1995
Later in 1992 he began a series of recordings for Pickwick's IMP Masters label with the then recently formed Their recordings of Trios by Schubert and Dvorak were enthusiastically received by Gramophone magazine and their recording of Schubert's Trio in B flat D.898 was the "overall first choice" from twenty recordings on BBC Radio 3's Building a Library ; "the best since Casals, Cortot and Thibaud" .
The review for Classic CD magazine considered Colin's Shostakovich CD "an outstanding release" and commented on the "overwhelming mastery" of the performances. Gramophone magazine have included it in their Good CD Guide .
"The playing for the most part is quite outstanding, with Colin Stone effecting a marvellous understanding for all the composer's multi-faceted personality...the overwhelming mastery of the playing is never in doubt." Classic CD
"Colin Stone possesses a musical instinct of an unusual order and a technique completely at the service of that gift, which makes his playing most compelling. In these times when there are so many young players with great technical facility, Colin Stone's qualities are rare and will, I do not doubt, enable him to succeed at a very high level"
Sir Charles Groves
“ And one of the great pleasures as Editor is discovering obscure recordings by obscure artists on obscure labels that seize you with their brilliance. Such was the case with this album by British pianist Colin Stone…The CD shines like a brilliant diamond in an expansive field of distinguished Prokofiev recordings. That is high praise given this hallowed ground has been plowed over and over by titans of the keyboard like Richter, Gilels, Sofronitsky, Neuhaus, and Argerich. Admittedly not an unknown artist in the UK, Colin Stone is unknown on this side of the pond. And Americans are poorer because of it.” Editor of Prokofiev.org
“ In short, this disc cannot be recommended highly enough. One is left wondering how magnificent the complete ballets would sound if played by an Orchestra under Stone's baton.” Sugi Sorensen