Jonathan Powell (musician)
Jonathan Powell (born 1969) is a British pianist and self-taught composer.
His repertoire is broad and ranges from Bach to many contemporary works (he is associated with composers as varied as Michael Finnissy, John White, Ambrosini, Staud and Sirodeau). He specialises in the late Romantic era, and made his first acquaintance with Sorabji's music, with which he has since become strongly associated, in 1984 through the radio broadcasts of Yonty Solomon and through the scores, a handful of which were then still published and available through Oxford University Press. He was encouraged to contact the composer, and obtained copies of several later works which he premiered starting in 1990, and has been recording and performing regularly.
He has played Sorabji's four-hour Opus clavicembalisticum (1929–30) at several concerts and both performed and premiered other works by Sorabji, including the four-and-a-half-hour Piano Symphony No. 6, Symphonia claviensis (1975–76) and the seven-hour Sequentia cyclica super "Dies irae" ex Missa pro defunctis (1948–49). He has also recorded CDs, of Sorabji's music and of others, for the Altarus, Largo, Toccata, ASV and Danacord labels, including works by Alexander Goldenweiser, Joseph Marx, Alexander Krein, and others.
- Jonathan Powell's home page
- Powell's Violin Sonata (2010) given its premiere by the composer and its dedicatee Sonia Suldina (violin) at the 2010 Indian Summer in Levoca Festival (YouTube)
- Sonata No. 1 by Arnold Bax played by Powell (YouTube)
- Little Suite and Passacaglia by Eugen Suchoň played by Powell (YouTube)
- Etudes-Tableaux Op. 33 No. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninoff played by Powell (YouTube)
- Symphony for Piano Solo, 3rd movement (Menuet) by Charles-Valentin Alkan played by Powell (YouTube)