Performed by Michael Finnissy, piano. "Chris Newman is a contemporary composer, painter, author and artist in Berlin. This is the first of Newman's Piano Sonatas, a large and important aspect to his work. The renowned British virtuoso and composer Michael Finnissy performs the four sonatas here. Newman and Finnissy have been collaborators for over a quarter century, ensuring definitive performances. Composer-supervised recordings. Michael has this to say about Chris Newman's Sonatas: 'Newman's music takes on more of the world than music usually does. It's also a lot more raw and loose-limbed than most new music is. An Art that seems lived at first-hand ... an energy and intensity that is more than merely sound. Chris loves composers like Machaut, Schubert and Mussorgsky -- and it's plain enough to hear them in his music. ...the titles (Sonatas, and there are Symphonies and String Quartets too) suggest the presence of abstract thought, and Newman works caringly, adroitly and with precision and detail. These pieces do not happen by accident. There is a Newman sound to be 'achieved' on the piano: very evenly balanced voicing between the hands, somewhat hard-edged -- on the whole reaching for each note as if it were virtually unpremeditated and unexpected."