Andrew March | Amoration

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by Andrew March

An uplifting classical piece for piano and strings with a sincere, passionate centre and overall feeling of serenity.
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1. Amoration
7:22 album only


Album Notes
"Amoration" started life as a piano solo which was composed in 2008 as part of a set of 14 pieces. Despite a struggle with the central section, and the encouragement of a friend who urged him to complete it, the final touches were eventually put to the score whilst sitting in a London café. Two fellow coffee drinkers were interested in what Andrew was doing, and asked to hear the piece. Surprisingly they both came to the conclusion that it needed the addition of strings, which was not something that he had previously considered. Indeed, it was not until late 2015 that Andrew revisited the idea of adding strings, and this too happened in a public place – a hospital! Unfortunately a bout of illness meant that he was forced to spend the night there, and, whilst sandwiched on either side by the hustle and bustle of doctors tending to fellow patients, Andrew fixed his eyes squarely on a point on the ceiling. Whilst doing so, a thought passed through his mind; that if he was to suffer this experience he needed his life to have greater meaning. In the seconds that followed he felt that he was being guided by something outside the terrestrial sphere, and suddenly he knew with clarity exactly what he had to do – the idea of adding strings suddenly felt like exactly the right path to take.
Work duly started on the string parts, and it was at this point that Andrew’s sister began to show a keen interest in the piece. Her help and support turned out to be invaluable: she offered help, she supported him when he occasionally become ‘snow-blind’ as a result of focusing too intently on the piece, and with her support, ‘Amoration’ was truly born.
As Andrew completed the score of the full version, he became instantly aware that he wanted to hear it, and to have the piece recorded professionally. He felt that it had an uplifting, hopeful nature, but with an underlying serene, yet pensive quality. Despite the fact that to some, it may sound somewhat cinematic, it is not intended to come across as a romantic epic, but rather as a story of complete and total purity and integrity.

Programme Note by Sue Threakall.

Recorded by F.A.M.E.'S. Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra (strings only).
Conductor: Oleg Kondratenko
Pianist: Marjia Vrskova
Concertmaster: Ana Kondratenko
Sound Engineer: Georgi Hristovski
Pro Tools Engineer and Editing: Atanas Babaleski
Studio Manager: Laurent Koppitz
Orchestra Contracting: Aude Nassieu Maupas
Stage Manager: Evtim Ristov
Librarian: Riste Trajkovski

The piano used for this recording was a Steinway model D.
Recorded by Macedonian Muzik & Entertainment (MME) in Studio M1 at Makedonska Radio Televizija (MRT), Skopje, on Sunday, 31st January, 2016.

About the Composer:
British composer, Andrew March, was born in 1973. In 1992, he attended the Royal College of Music, London, to study composition and piano. Shortly after graduating, Andrew won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 1996 for his symphonic poem, “Easdale”. His orchestral piece “Marine - à travers les arbres” won first place in the inaugural Masterprize International Composing Competition in 1998, and was recorded by the BBC for the European Broadcasting Union and by the London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road Studios for EMI Classics Debut Series. A cover-mount CD was included on the BBC Music Magazine. “Marine - à travers les arbres” has been played by orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic and has received a total of 13 international live performances including the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy which was televised for the BBC Proms in 1998. The same year, Andrew was commissioned to write a symphonic work, "A Stirring in the Heavenlies", and the world première was given by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, London, on Sunday 17th December 2000.
In 2001, “Nymphéas for Two Pianos" was written for pianist brothers duo Peter & Patrik Jablonski, who gave the World première in the Royal Palace, Stockholm, in the Autumn of 2002. This was followed by a tour that programmed the piece in and around Scandinavia. In July 2005, “A Stirring in the Heavenlies” was successfully recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic under conductor Robert Ian Winstin for the 'Masterworks of the New Era' CD series.
In 2009, Andrew composed an elegy for strings, “Sanguis Venenatus” which was recorded in the Czech Republic and released on the Navona label towards the end of 2012. The elegy has subsequently been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Late junction, and internationally, with repeat airings during drive-time programmes on stations such as Sweden’s P2 Klassiskt, Estonia’s Klassikaraadio, and South Africa’s Classic FM.
In October 2013, “Three Pieces for Solo Cello” were premièred in New York by Romanian-born cellist Ovidiu Marinscu at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. The three pieces were also recorded. In February 2016, Alea Publishing and Recording in the USA, published “Equipoise” for Bass Clarinet and Piano.



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