A great musical adventurer, Steven Osborne has been intrigued by stillness and extremes in music since his fingers first touched the keyboard as a young child. His absorbing recital entitled “The Music of Silence” pairs the sound worlds of two American avant-garde composers, George Crumb and Morton Feldman, united by their shared obsession with the acoustic possibilities of sound. The five-star review in The Guardian of his performance at the Barbican’s Milton Court which was illustrated with a pre-concert interview summed up how Osborne “weaves magic on the edge of hearing”.
Programme: Feldman Intermission 5, Crumb Processional, Feldman Piano Piece 1952, Extensions, Crumb A Little Suite for Christmas AD 1979, Feldman Palais de Mari.
Osborne’s CD release of the Crumb/Feldman programme on Hyperion was greeted as a breath of fresh air, receiving a five-star review in BBC Music Magazine and shortlisted for a BBC Music Magazine Award.