David Matthews-Fugue 15

Posted on January 1st, 2010 by

Matthews and PSS after a performance of 15 Fugues in Brno. 2003. Photo: Petr Francan

 David Matthews-Fugue 15

Live Performance PSS: London 2009

Engineer: Colin Still (Optic Nerve)

Fugue 15

David Matthews’ cycle of 15 Fugues is nothing short of miraculous, and I am greatly honoured to have played a small part in its birth. Put simply, this is the most extensive cycle of tonalfugal works to be written for solo violin. As far as I am concerns it is a worthy addition to the great cycles for violin/s alone: Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, Telemann’s Fantasies, the Paganini 24 Capricci, Bartok’s 44 Duos and George Rochberg’s epic Caprice Variations.

This is the last fugue of the hour-long cycle, which is dedicated to David’s wife, Jenifer. It was recorded at a performance of the cycle at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2009.

David Matthews and PSS. Kusaamo, Finland June 2009