22 Aug 2017
Steven performs a world premier by Peter McCarthy
On Sunday 27th August 2017, Steven is giving a harpsichord recital of German harpsichord music, including Bach, Pachelbel, Böhm, Buxtehude and Froberger. At the centre is a piece written in 2017 for Steven by composer and bass-player Peter McCarthy entitled "Flats". Tickets from this link and details from here.
04 Aug 2017
Sonatas by Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli played by Bojan Ćićić and the Illyria Consort released
Steven Devine joined his continuo colleagues David Miller (theorbo) and Susanne Heinrich (viola da gamba) to accompany the amazing Bojan Ćićić in this rare recording of sonatas by Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli.
Delphian Records is the label behind this wonderful release and they wrote this:
"In certain respects, Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli does not quite fit the eighteenth-century mould. For a neo-Corellian, he is unusually fond of complexity, both technical and compositional, and also unusually open to other contemporary influences, such as those of Handel and Vivaldi. But the quality of his music speaks for itself - virtuosic and joyously melodic, these six 'chamber sonatas' had a huge impact on Delphian producer Paul Baxter. Carbonelli's difficulty has ensured that his work is seldom played, but early-music rising star Bojan Ćićić makes sure we have no sense of that as he and his Illyria Consort colleagues champion these groundbreaking compositions with exuberant confidence."
16 Jun 2017
Steven Devine Interview on "The Cross-Eyed PIanist"
Ahead of his week teaching and performing at Dartington Summer School, Steven gave an interview to Frances Wilson, who writes a wonderfully successful Blog known as "The Cross-Eyed Pianist". Read it here/
03 Jun 2017
Steven Devine directs the English Haydn Festival
The English Haydn Festival, held every year in the Shropshire town of Bridgnorth, features many concerts over the week of June 5th - 11th. Steven will be conducting 4 of the orchestral concerts and playing in a chamber concert (Mozart and Beethoven Quintets for piano and winds). The programme is available as a PDF here.
08 May 2017
"Who could forget Steven Devine?"
Great reviews for OAE Brandenburgs! more
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has been getting some great reviews for its recent performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concerti. The Times said "the OAE’s Brandenburgs, so lively and bright, are touring England until May 19. The perfect spring tonic is guaranteed." About Steven the reviewer had this to say:" And who could forget Steven Devine? He beavered away so vigorously at his harpsichord, particularly in the runaway glitter of his solo stretch in the same [5th] concerto."
The Nottingham Post described "the OAE's exhilarating performance" and mentioned "Equally tireless and stylish was harpsichordist Steven Devine, who dispatched No. 5's long cadenza with fearless abandon, almost as if he was improvising it." (the full review is here
28 Apr 2017
Complete Brandenburgs with the OAE!
Steven will be playing with his amazing colleagues from the OAE (see http://www.oae.co.uk/event/the-brandenburgs/) in performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concerti around the UK. Performances in London (May 2), Nottingham (May 4), Bradford-on-Avon (May 6), Manchester (May 11) and Cheltenham (May 19).
Also, you may be in the Worcester area on May 5 and 7 with Da Camera and The Gonzaga Band respectively as part of the Worcester Early Music Festival
30 Oct 2016
The Notebooks of Anna Magdalena Bach released!
New disc from Devine Music more
Kate Semmens (soprano) and Steven Devine (harpsichord) have released their second disc together. Entitled "The Notebooks of Anna Magdalena Bach", this disc contains beautiful songs and wonderful harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach and others.
It includes the haunting "Bist du bei mir", "Schlummert ein" and the 4th and 5th French Suites, amongst many other things.
To get hold of a copy, please click this link.
30 Sep 2016
Orpheus with His Lute - animation
Emma Jane Semmens and Sam Moore's animation of a track from "Delicatessen" more
The illustrator behind all of Devine Music's releases, Emma Jane Semmens, has teamed up with fellow illustrator Sam Moore and created this beautiful representation of Maurice Green's "Orpheus with His Lute" from the first release of the label, Delicatessen.
18 Aug 2016
Steven last-minute "jump-in" in Trondheim
Steven is thrilled to be taking part in the Oslo Chamber Music Festival with Trondheim Barokk this Sunday. The concert features the amazing soprano of Aksel Rykkvin (see website here)
01 Apr 2016
Andrew Parrott's latest release featuring harpsichord solos with Steven Devine more
Very proud to be part of this wonderful creation! A fabulous vocal group, the Taverner Choir (including Kate Semmens), Emily Van Evera, Charles Daniels and a host of other musicians singing and playing music from the court of Henry VIII. Available from Amazon, amongst other places!
10 Feb 2016
Busy February ahead...
Steven will be playing Bach's Goldberg Variations as the opening concert of the Lamberhurst Festival (12 Feb). The next day, he'll be taking the baton to conduct Mozart Masterpieces at the Royal Festival Hall (13 Feb).
08 Nov 2015
Danzi Volume 2 Released
"the expressive fortepiano playing of Steven Devine ...making tricky passages sound effortless" more
Devine Music, the specialist label devoted to rare and unusaul repertoire played on appropriate instruments, is delighted to launch Volume 2 in the ongoing series of music for Piano and Wind by Franz Danzi. After the launch concert, Andrew Benson Wilson wrote "The playing of the solo instruments in both of these Sonatas was exemplary, with Jane Booth and Anneke Scott both managing to balance details of articulation (so important in music of this period) with musical expression. "
17 Feb 2015
Concerto & Gramophone Review
Steven plays a concerto as part of Mozart 250" with Classical Opera and Rameau Volume 2 gets great review in Gramophone magazine! more
Steven is taking part in many of the events of "Mozart 250" - a major survey of Mozart's life exactly 250 years ago. It is organised and conducted by Ian Page with Classical Opera and takes place throughout 2015. A Wigmore Hall concert in January is followed by 4 concerts at London's Milton Court where Steven will play a J C Bach harpsichord concerto as part of the first concerto.
Steven's latest release on the Resonus label - Rameau Volume 2 has just received a great review in Gramophone magazine, the reviewer praising Steven's "meticulous technique and thoughtful musicianship" .
08 Nov 2014
Rameau Volume 2 Released!
The second volume of Steven Devine's acclaimed 4-volume survey is now available more
Acclaimed harpsichordist Steven Devine continues his four volume survey of Jean-Philippe Rameau's works for harpsichord with the third book of his Pièces de Clavecin.
Some of the last music for solo harpsichord composed by Rameau, these masterpieces of the French Baroque make a huge contribution to the harpsichord repertoire. Written shortly after the completion of the second book, these two suites represent the most substantial of the three books of Pièces de Clavecin, and are a further mixture of traditional suite movements and fascinating character pieces, in particular the deceptive 'Les Trois Mains' and humorous depiction of 'La Poule'.
Released in the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, Devine again performs on a copy by Ian Tucker of an instrument by Andreas Ruckers (1636) with ravalement by Henri Hemsch (1763).
03 Oct 2014
New Release from Classical Opera
"Mitridate" released with stellar cast more
Classical Opera's latest recording in their cycle of Mozart operas is the opera that Mozart wrote for Rome when he was 14. Written with the white heat of inspiration, this was the composer's first attempt at Opera Seria.
Classical Opera's new set is the first recording of the work to include in an appendix Mozart's original settings of the seven arias and a duet which he rewrote before the opera's first performance, and it features an outstanding cast headed by Miah Persson, Barry Banks, Sophie Bevan and Lawrence Zazzo.