It was a fortuitous chance that Steven stumbled upon a young Spanish composer appealing on Facebook to have his piano composition – a Prelude and Fugue from his wittily-titled “Well-syncopated Clavier” – played on harpsichord. Steven heard it and really liked it, recorded it and sent to back to Pascual Gimeno, the composer. He’s been really enthusiastic and has since sent Steven another compostion dedicated to him.
His music is very Spanish-sounding with really jazzy-rhythms and an irresistable drive.
It’s a very hard time for so many people as so much work has been cancelled or disrupted. Here are some very innovative projects featuring Steven Devine that have taken place since the lockdown began in March:
The National Centre for Early Music are live-streaming Preludes 1-12 of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier on March 21st at 1300h. This was originally to have been a live concert, but with the current restrictions in place, this had to be cancelled. However Steven will be at the harpsichord in York performing live on the NCEM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yorkearlymusic/.
Steven is delighted to join the distinguished roster of musicians at Caroline Phillips Management. Caroline will take care of world-wide representation of Stevenfor conducting and keyboard work from March 2020 onwards.
This is an altogether delightful pair of CDs, and makes me impatient for the second part. There are other recordings about, including Colin Booth’s own, but Devine’s has a particular seemingly effortless grace, and it’s the one of all I’ve heard in the past ten years that I am happiest to live with.