Pianist Andrew West and I had a lot of fun making this disc in Glasgow last year with NYCoS and the brilliant Christopher Bell. The piano writing is great – very rewarding to play. Nice to hear our hard work appreciated by Jeremy Summerly on Radio Three’s CD Review : “The two pianists here, Philip Moore and Andrew West, do an utterly astonishing job…”
In March 2007, along with other members of the Hebrides Ensemble, I braved the cold of St Mary’s Church in Haddington and – when the gales stopped blowing – recorded a disc of the complete chamber works of Messiaen, which we released around his 100th birthday the following year. But whatever we lacked by way of creature comforts, we more than made up for in acoustic, and I love the combination of warmth and clarity on this recording. All thanks to the superb Phil Hobbs! And it was a huge privilege to have the opportunity to make the first ever recording of Messiaen’s newly-discovered Fantasie for violin and piano with Alexander Janiczek.
This disc features three Stravinsky ballets: Rite of Spring and Petrouchka in Stravinsky’s arrangements, and my own version of the final three movements of Firebird. Transcribing Firebird was a big project, but very rewarding, and has generated much interest from reviewers, publications and promoters, who often request it in our concert programmes.