«Gerard Schurmann: Chamber And Instrumental Music And Songs, Volume Four»
4 Pastoral Preludes,
Six Songs of William Blake,
Sonatina for flute and piano,
Two Ballades for piano: Homage to Janáček.
Maxim Rubtsov (Flute), Mikhail Korzhev (Piano), Mark Robson (Piano), Randall Bills (Tenor).
This fourth Toccata Classics album of the chamber music of Gerard Schurmann – born in the former Dutch East Indies in 1924, naturalised Briton and now a resident of Los Angeles – adds two major song-cycles (one of them written for Britten and Pears) and works for flute and piano to the mix, in a distinctly personal language derived from influences as distinct as Javanese gamelan to Bartók and Britten. Schurmann’s music somehow manages to blend elegant intensity and touching lyricism, with a result balanced between strength and sensitivity.