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Dibble: 24 Preludes & Fugues

Dibble: 24 Preludes & Fugues

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London-based composer Matt Dibble completed his 24 Preludes and Fugues for solo piano in 2021, just weeks before his untimely and tragic death due to complications following the Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccination. A much loved and admired musician working in many genres, Matt continues to be sorely missed by many on the classical, jazz and pop scenes. The Preludes and Fugues show his extraordinary flair for invention in many different styles, from neo-Baroque to jazz and pop, via modernism. The set represents a deeply personal undertaking, written over six years, and known only to his family and a handful of close friends and colleagues. Matt's dream performer for such a wide-ranging work was the internationally renowned pianist Freddy Kempf, and he would have been thrilled to know that Kempf gladly took the project on. With Paul Baily producing, Kempf recorded the project in the summer of 2022 at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York. Although he never met the composer, Kempf said, "It really feels like some of the values that Matt paid most attention to match my own". And his interpretation does indeed display a profound and moving understanding of the work. Later this year, one of the pieces will be included on the repertoire list for Trinity College London piano exams, bringing this deeply personal music to pianists all over the world. Divine Art Records are honoured to present this fine work which sadly also is issued in remembrance of this multitalented musician. Freddy Kempf Freddy Kempf is one of today's most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer who is not afraid to take risks as well as being a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist. Freddy has collaborated with conductors such as Järvi, Dutoit, Chailly, Ashkenazy, Petrenko, Oramo, Davis and Belohlávek, working with some of the world's most prestigious musical institutions including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and the Dresden Philharmonic. A prolific recording artist, his Tchaikovsky recital CD released in 2015 received great acclaim. In 2013, his Schumann recital disc was warmly received by the critics and, in 2010, his recording of Prokofiev's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Litton was nominated for the prestigious Gramophone Concerto Award, that magazine describing the collaborative duo as "a masterful Prokofievian pair". This was followed by a recording of Gershwin's works for piano and orchestra, released in 2012 and described in the press as "beautiful, stylish, light, and elegant... magnificent".
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Product Description:

  • Release Date: June 14, 2024

  • UPC: 809730124327

  • Catalog Number: DDX21243

  • Label: Divine Art

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Composer: Matt Dibble

  • Performer: Freddy Kempf