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Denis Matthews (1919- 1988)

Matthews was born in Coventry, the son of a motor salesman.He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and made his professional début in 1939 before joining up in 1940 and serving with the RAF until 1946. Resuming his professional career after the war, he toured extensively as a concert pianist and formed successful partnerships with the Griller Quartet and the Amadeus Quartet. His particular liking was for the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, and his edition of the Mozart piano sonatas, prepared with Stanley Sadie, became widely used. He also produced many recordings, especially of modern British piano music. His autobiography, In Pursuit of Music, appeared in 1966. Between 1971 and 1984 he was Professor of Music at Newcastle University. In the few years before his death, he and his third wife, Beryl Chempin, taught at the Birmingham School of Music.

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horn sonata dennis brain
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mozart piano concerto number 23
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" Yet another Mozart piano concerto from Denis Matthews, this time the famous A major so notoriously difficult to bring off in a recording, or for that matter in performance. Readers who turn up my reviews of three earlier LP performances (Gieseking in December, Clifford Curzon in April, Liii Kraus in May) will find small content with any of them. This new Matthews disc strikes me as the best version available; but I would welcome it with all the reservations made before in the cases of his K.595, 414 and 49, reviewed this month and last. That is to say the performance is a gentle, grisaille one, without much vitality of rhythm or keenness of attack, a tasteful, delicate performance, neatly executed. Matthews uses Mozarts sketch of a cadenza in the first movement, plays the second as written (i.e. without filling in the gaps, as Liii Kraus did), and is so reticent in the finale that some of the notes in arpeggios which should surely sound brilliant disappear altogether. The orchestral support is tidy, pleasant in tone, rather undervitalised. The recording is agreeable, and in accord with the generally subdued effect." A.P. writing in the Gramophone November 1954
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