Paul Crossley

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Paul Crossley (born May 17, 1944) is a British pianist.

Born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, his piano teacher was Fanny Waterman in Leeds. While a student at Mansfield College, Oxford, he was discovered by Olivier Messiaen and his wife Yvonne Loriod, who heard him play and immediately invited him to come to Paris to study with them. In 1968 he was second prize winner (joint prize winner with Japanese pianist Izumi Tateno) at the Messiaen Competition in Royan, France. Crossley is particularly associated with the music of Messiaen and British composers such as Michael Tippett, Nicholas Maw and George Benjamin. Tippett wrote his third and fourth Piano sonatas specifically with Crossley in mind. His extensive discography includes the piano works of Tippett, Fauré, Debussy and Ravel and the Fauré Violin sonatas with Arthur Grumiaux.

Paul Crossley was artistic director of the London Sinfonietta from 1988 to 1994.

He presented a landmark television series on avant garde classical music entitled Sinfonietta for Channel 4.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Complete Solo Piano Works, Volume 1: The Nocturnes nos. 1-7 Gabriel Fauré; Paul Crossley 1
1983 The Nocturnes nos 8-13 / Pièces Brèves, op. 84 Gabriel Fauré; Paul Crossley 1
1987 Complete Solo Piano Works, Volume 4: The Nine Préludes op. 103 / The Five Impromptus opp. 25, 31, 34, 91 & 102 / Thème et Variations in C sharp minor op. 73 Gabriel Fauré; Paul Crossley 1
1989 Des Canyons aux étoiles Olivier Messiaen; London Sinfonietta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paul Crossley 1
1990 The Complete Music for Solo Piano Poulenc; Paul Crossley 1
1991 John Adams Conducts American Elegies Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Dawn Upshaw, Paul Crossley, John Adams 2
1993 Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume I Debussy; Paul Crossley 1
1995 Turangalîla-Symphonie Messiaen; Paul Crossley, Tristan Murail, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen 1
1998 Quotation of Dream Takemitsu; Paul Crossley, Peter Serkin, London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen 1
2000 Complete Works For Solo Piano Takemitsu; Paul Crossley 1
2009 Ravel : The Complete Solo Piano Works, Volume 1 Maurice Ravel; Paul Crossley 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Arabesque / Images / Clair de Lune / Prélude / Danse / Rhapsodie / Sonata / La Mer / Estampes / Nocturnes / Quartet / Suite / Golliwogg Debussy; Philadelphia Orchestra, Isaac Stern, Paul Crossley 1
2012 The Complete Works for Solo Piano Claude Debussy; Paul Crossley 1

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