Described as a pianist whose performances “fascinate and enliven the ear and mind” (Fanfare), British musician Matthew Schellhorn has a distinctive profile displaying consistent artistic integrity and a commitment to bringing new music to a wider audience.
His playing is a model of clarity ... a perfect balance of academic rigour allied to musical sensitivity. There is weight and power when the music requires it, but the abiding sense is of precision and poise
Matthew Schellhorn is an excellent and intelligent pianist.
American Record Guide
immaculately stylish, raptly concentrated and memorably tender advocacy
Not a nuance was left unexpressed, not a silence given less than its due importance, not an emotional pivot-point neglected.
His keyboard performances fascinate and enliven the ear and mind.
superbly performed ... copiously rewarding
Schellhorn possesses a seemingly perfect and complete piano technique ... his readings, always vivid and dramatic, were deeply satisfying.
Schellhorn was in his element, letting the pedalled chords float and calibrating the interplay between darkness and light with fastidious care.
Schellhorn’s combination of clarity, sense of line and brilliant technique ... a sequence of deeply felt performances.
Classical Music Daily
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In the first volume of this series (Naxos 8.571382), Matthew Schellhorn surveyed six decades of Herbert Howells’ compositions for the piano. This second volume reprises the journey, tracing the composer’s stylistic development from the charming poetic miniatures of his youth through to the resonant modal quirkiness of his later dances. The survey includes a centrally important work, the Sonatina of 1971, performed here in Schellhorn’s own edition compiled from the manuscript sources, which includes variants not heard for half a century.
In Matthew Schellhorn, Howells has found an ideal musical champion and interpreter