Op. 66: Sonata in Blue
Matthias Veit & Henning Lucius,
Klavier zu vier Handen (Piano Music for Four Hands).
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review:
The program moves on to Gordon Sherwood (1929-2013) and his "Sonata in Blue, op. 66" in its recorded premiere. The music uses the blues scale tonality for more classical aims, in a way like Gershwin, only not as romantic-expressive as, say, the latter's "Rhapsody in Blue." And that is well, since it convinces on its own terms.
When I started the recording in September 2001 with the excellent piano duo Lucius / Veit -alongside rarely heard works for piano four hands by Max Reger, Claude Debussy, Erwin Schulhoffand Felix Mendelssohn - the Sonata in Blue by Gordon Sherwood, I did not know that this wonderful composer had written his music after a long odyssey as a tramp under the Seine bridges in Paris.Almost a year ago Sherwood died at the age of 84 in Schongau / Bavaria (Germany). It is the merit ofHenning Lucius and Matthias Veit, who have snatched this sonata out of the oblivion.I am glad that this CD has now been re-released.