CDs

Matthew Cameron plays Schubert, Chopin, and Liszt

“The depth of emotion in Cameron’s Schubert, with a performance of D899/3 worth comparing with the best”
-MusicWeb International

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Schubert: 4 Impromptus op.90
Chopin: Nocturne op. 62 no.2
Chopin: Nocturne op.32 no.1
Chopin: Nocturne op.27 no.2
Liszt: Harmonies du soir
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz

ARABESQUE RECORDS

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Chopin – The 24 Etudes, op.10 and op.25

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This recording is up there with the very best available.
– MusicWeb International, 2015

Matthew Cameron plays Chopin’s monumental set of 24 Etudes for piano, opus 10 and opus 25
available at arabesquerecords.com and on Amazon.com

 

Matthew Cameron Plays Liszt

“Cameron equals anyone who champions Liszt”
– Audiophile Audition

Available at www.calarecords.com and at Amazon, cduniverse, and other stores

Description: This special all-Liszt disc features original transcriptions of Les Preludes and Hunnenschlacht, a critically acclaimed rendition of the notorious Don Juan Fantasy, and other works by the great Hungarian composer.

Contents of CD:

Don Juan Fantasy
Hungarian Rhapsody no.13
Funerailles
Hungarian Rhapsody no.5
Hunnenschlacht (arr.Cameron)
Valse Oubliee
Les Preludes (arr.Cameron)

Total Time: 73 minutes

Label: Cala Records (CACD88045)

Reviews of this CD

Highly animated playing…The Don Juan Fantasy exhibits some almost impossibly large arrivals…Clean and impressively fast
– American Record Guide

In bravura passages, Cameron equals anyone who champions Liszt
– Audiophile Audition

“…a boldly romantic pianist with a strong technique and a personality attuned to both the swashbuckling and the sentiment that this repertoire requires . . . the dexterity of his touch . . . the seduction of his rhythmic teasing . . .”
– Fanfare Magazine

“There’s bravura aplenty here, but with delicacy where it’s required. There’s plenty of dexterity, too, as on the previous album so, unless you restrict yourself to listening to Liszt from one of the big names of the past, this album is well worth having.”
-Brian Wilson, MusicWeb-International.com

Multiplying and squaring difficulties with Pythagorean zeal…Aristocratic in inspiration …dignity and eloquence
– Music and Vision Daily

“Cameron demonstrates his virtuosity in brilliant decorative flourishes with crystal clear demisemiquavers, and these fiendishly difficult passages seem to hold no fear for him. In the end, they are only decorations of the melody….He phrases beautifully and the sound is well-balanced….Hunnenschlacht, or the Battle of the Huns, is brilliantly transcribed here for piano solo by Matthew Cameron.  In the fearsome opening section, Cameron displays his phenomenal virtuosity to great effect with dark and deep sounds to terrify us all…Liszt himself made a transcription of this work (Les Preludes) for two pianos but Matthew Cameron’s version is equally successful, very virtuosic and exciting. Cameron’s transcription is sensitively realised and he successfully conveys the drama and intensity of the work.This collection is very varied and exciting and although there are already many fine recordings of some of the pieces presented here, Matthew Cameron puts his own distinguished stamp on the proceedings. He demonstrates such fine musicianship and virtuosity, and this excellent project is really well worth hearing.”
-Geoffrey Molyneux, MusicWeb-International.com

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Romantic Favorites for Piano

Romantic Favorites for Piano

“Really exciting and glittering”
-MusicWeb International

Available at www.arabesquerecordings.com and on AmazonMp3, iTunes, and other stores

Description: His original works and arrangements are known and played around the world. This release includes Cameron’s arrangements of the Adagio from Spartacus by Khachaturian and the Rondo from Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusic, his own Elegy, Starry Night, and many other popular romantic favorites like Chopin’s Fantasie-Impromptu and Liszt’s La Campanella.

Contents of CD:

  • M.Cameron: Starry Night
  • F. Liszt: La Campanella
  • F.Chopin: Fantasie-Impromptu in C# minor
  • F.Chopin: Polonaise no.1 in C# minor
  • F.Chopin: Polonaise no.6 in Ab Major “Heroic”
  • A.Khachaturian: Adagio from Spartacus (trans. for piano by M. Cameron)
  • M.Cameron: Song to the Wind
  • M.Cameron: Elegy
  • M.Cameron: Scherzino
  • M.Cameron: Ave Maria
  • M.Cameron: Etude in E Major
  • F.Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no.17
  • F.Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade (trans. for piano by F.Liszt)
  • F.Schubert: Erlkönig (trans. for piano by F.Liszt)
  • F.Liszt: Feux Follets
  • F.Liszt: Gnomenreigen
  • M.Cameron: Memento
  • W.A.Mozart: Rondo from Eine Kleine Nachtmusic (trans for piano by M.Cameron)

Total Time: 76:49

Reviews of this CD

“The recital begins effectively enough with one of Matthew Cameron’s own compositions Starry Night, an attractive and evocative piece with an unexpected and explosive middle section. There are several pieces composed by the pianist on this recording as well as some arrangements of well-known classics. I particularly liked the Adagio from Spartacus which is very virtuosically performed and Cameron’s arrangement of the Rondo from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik makes for a very attractive addition to the pianist’s light repertoire or encore pieces. Cameron’s own Song to the Wind is very stormy in places, and the Elegy is very effective with its developing moods. His little Scherzino is an attractive, lightweight piece and the charming Ave Maria is imaginatively written.

The music of Liszt seems to be Matthew Cameron’s great strength. La Campanella needs real lightness of touch and clarity of articulation as well as a virtuosic technique to cope with the demands set by the composer. Matthew Cameron is well up for this and the constant staccato playing required is really exciting and glittering.  Feux Follets is delivered with real sparkle and utmost clarity of articulation. Very fine and virtuosic playing here full of musical insights, and Gnomenreigen is brilliantly played too, a performance that could not be bettered. . .Cameron includes two Liszt transcriptions of Schubert songs. First is Gretchen am Spinnrade, full of melancholy, and the pianist achieves a magnificent climax. This is followed by Erlkönig in which Cameron sets the moods perfectly in this forbidding work.

…Chopin’s Fantasie-impromptu is immaculately played and the opening octaves are suitably commanding.

…The technical demands of Liszt seem to hold no problems for Matthew Cameron and the performances are always insightful and musical. . .I really like his Liszt playing and if you are also a fan of Cameron’s own compositions then this recording is for you. . .

…The programme notes which came with the review tracks are excellent and give a good insight into the music and its background [it’s a shame that Amazon and iTunes don’t include them. BW]. This is a recording well worth hearing.”
-Geoffrey Molyneux, MusicWeb-International.com

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Matthew Cameron, Pianist

matthew cameron, pianist

Contents of CD:

Matthew Cameron: Moonlight
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in D major Op. 23 No. 4
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor Op. 23 No. 5
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in E-flat major Op. 23 No. 6
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G-flat major Op. 23 No. 10
Richard Wagner (arr. Franz Liszt): Liebestod
Franz Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on B.A.C.H.
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3
Franz Liszt (arr. Matthew Cameron): Mazeppa
Mily Balakirev: Islamey
Matthew Cameron: Psalm 23

Liszt: Ad nos ad salutarem undam, Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H

Ad Nos,

Available at 903records.com, Amazon, iTunes, NaxosMusicLibrary, and other digital download stores

Description: Matthew joins keyboard great Anthony Newman in Liszt’s epic piano duet “Ad nos ad salutarem undam.” Also featured is the solo work “Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H”

Contents of CD:

Liszt: Ad nos ad salutarem undam (4-hands duet with Anthony Newman)
Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H

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OTHER ARTISTS PLAYING MATTHEW CAMERON’S WORKS

the mozart familyCyprien Katsaris plays L.Mozart-Cameron: Kinder-Symphonie (Toy Symphony)
The Mozart Family (Piano21)

mascaradeCyprien Katsaris plays W.A. Mozart-Cameron: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mascarade (Sony Classical)

 

poghosian khachturianKarine Poghosian plays Khachaturian-Cameron: Adagio from Spartacus
Khachaturian: Original Piano Works And Transcriptions (Grand Piano)

 

east of MTara Kamangar plays Khachaturian-Cameron: Adagio from Spartacus
East of Melancholy (Delos)

motoi kawashimaMotoi Kawashima plays Khachaturian-Cameron: Adagio from Spartacus
Wanderer Fantasie (Hearts)

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© 2015 Matthew Cameron.  All Rights Reserved.

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