Once highly ornamented, Ian Wilson’s music has, over the last decade or so, admitted more light and more air.
The 70-minute Stations for solo piano very much follows this path. It is based on the Catholic devotion of the Stations of the Cross – fourteen scenes from Christ’s condemnation by Pilate to his burial in the tomb. Pictorial or sculptural representations of the Stations themselves appear in most Roman Catholic churches – they may be more or less elaborate, and the largest churches may even have a small chapel for each Station. Wilson’s setting retains the devotional, tableau-like sequence, but prioritises clarity over decoration.
The fourteen movements are arranged into four books, numbers 1–3, 4–7, 8–11 and 12–14, and each book can be performed separately. They were composed between 2006 and 2007 for the British pianist Matthew Schellhorn, a champion of Wilson’s piano music who gave their first performance as a complete set in 2009.
Extract from liner notes by Tim Rutherford-Johnson © 2013
released April 6, 2014
Stations (2006–7) by Ian Wilson
Performed by Matthew Schellhorn
Recording made in the Curtis Auditorium,
CIT Cork School of Music from 1st – 3rd June 2011 Recording facilities kindly made available by the CIT Cork School of Music (Director, Dr Geoffrey Spratt)
Executive producer, Nick Roth for Diatribe
Producers, Ian Wilson and Matthew Schellhorn
Sound engineer and editor, Stephen McCourt
Piano technician, Chris Terroni
Cover photo © Ties Mellema
Graphic design, David Donohoe for Diatribe
With grateful thanks to Dr Geoffrey Spratt,
Chris Terroni and the CIT School of Music, Cork
Stations is published by Ricordi (London) Ltd
Stations was written with the support of an
Arts Council of Ireland Artist Bursary and the
help of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust
A short film made during the recording can be
seen here: www.diatribe.ie/artists/ian-wilson