Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

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“Matthew Taylor requested the “Kreutzer” sonata, which we were sure would work well with his high-energy rhythms and motifs.” Krysia Osostowitz

Programme note:

Matthew Taylor – Tarantella Furiosa (companion piece to Beethoven sonata no. 9 in A major, “Kreutzer”)

“I was delighted when Krysia approached me with the Beethoven Plus project with the idea of composing a companion piece to the Kreutzer Sonata which has long remained my favourite of the ten. Beethoven has always been my God and it was listening to his music at a very young age which convinced me that I needed to compose.

The piece will be a response to the Finale of the Kreutzer Sonata and will adopt not only the galloping Tarantella sort of momentum of the original but also provide a parallel with the way the music suddenly goes inward by introducing calmer chorale – like passages whose effect seems to be heightened by the prevailing energy of the rest of the piece. The Tarantella Furiosa is a companion piece to the finale of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata which sustains a strong momentum with driving rhythms. My piece actually begins with the same chord as the Beethoven but then develops in different directions. However, like Beethoven’s finale it is firmly based in A and has an energy which I hope the listener might feel is Beethovenian in some sense.” Matthew Taylor

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This was a breathtaking musical experience with two of the brightest stars in the music firmament.

Krysia Osostowicz impressed immediately with her graceful platform style. Her musical pedigree includes study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Cambridge University and in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh. She founded the award-winning Dante Quartet, is director of the Dante Summer Festival and a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Daniel Tong is a teacher, writer and festival director. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, is founder of Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and of the Winchester Chamber Music Festival.
He is also head of piano chamber music at Birmingham Conservatoire and teaches piano at Birmingham University.

The programme was titled the Beethoven Plus Project following the pair’s invitation to ten composers to write a five-minute companion piece inspired by, and perhaps including a phrase or two from, one of the sonatas.

Beethoven’s Sonata No.1 formed the basis for Ludwig Games by Jonathan Dove, a work full of variety in mood, tempo and tone with very dramatic effects. Osostowicz and Tong showed great rapport performing almost as one.

The piece gave Tong an opportunity to showcase his remarkable talent in the variations as well as in Sonata No. 1 with all its own changes of mood and style.

Beethoven’s Sonata No.4 provided raw material for composer Judith Bingham’s variation, The Neglected Child, inspired by a comment that it was the neglected child among the sonatas.

The great Kreutzer Sonata inspired the Tarantella Furiosa Op. 47 by Matthew Taylor. It certainly did reflect the hugely energetic Kreutzer to which Osostowicz and Tong did full justice, again playing as one. It was remarkable to experience two performers so totally in tune with one another.

Darlington and Stockton Times, Irene MacDonald

Thursday, 05 November 2015  

If there had been a Sound Festival in Beethoven’s day, his music would surely have been included in its programming because so much that he composed was radically new at the time. The op. 47 sonata – known as the “Kreutzer” – was so revolutionary that its dedicatee, the great violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, never performed it, calling it “unplayable and incomprehensible”. (read more…)

The Press, York by Richard Powell

“Placing old and new side by side can lead to unexpected revelations. Intriguing, then, was the prospect of the “Beethoven Plus” project, the brainchild of violinist Krysia Osostowicz and pianist Daniel Tong. (read more…)

The Strad, Edward Bhesania (read more…)

Soon after their concert in Clitheroe, Krysia and Daniel will be in Radlett (read more…)