Jonathan Powell

Composers:Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
Compositions: Sequentia cyclica, super dies iræ, KSS 71
Performers: Jonathan Powell p
Catalogue Number:Piano Classics PCL10206 (7CD)

The Dies Iraetheme, a piece of Gregorian chant attributed to Tommaso de Celano (1200-1260), remains familiar from its appearances in later music, notably in the works of Rachmaninov and the finale of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. The solo piano work Sequentia Cyclicaby Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988), recorded here for the first time, consists of 27 variations on that well-known theme.