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Noel Mewton-Wood (20 November 1922 – 5 December 1953) was an Australian-born concert pianist who achieved some fame during his short life.
Born in Melbourne, he studied at the Melbourne Conservatorium until the age of fourteen. After further studies at London's Royal Academy of Music, Mewton-Wood spent time with Artur Schnabel in Italy.
In March 1940, he returned to London for his debut performance at Queen's Hall, performing Beethoven's third piano concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Thomas Beecham. He later performed in France, Germany, South Africa, Poland, Turkey and Australia.
Mewton-Wood's The Times obituary of 7 December 1953 described his debut performance:
"At once his remarkable control and his musicianship were apparent: the ascending scales in octaves, with which the pianist first enters, thundered out with whirlwind power, but he could summon beautiful cantabile tone for the slow movement and the phrasing of the rondo theme was admirably neat for all the rapidity of the tempo; a true understanding of the relationship in concerto between soloist and orchestra, and of the soloist's part in ensemble, betokened the musician, the potential chamber performer”
At the age of thirty-one, Mewton-Wood committed suicide by drinking prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide), apparently blaming himself for the death of a friend. The notes written by a friend of Mewton-Wood, John Amis, for the reissue of the Bliss Concerto recording, indicate that Mewton-Wood was gay and was depressed by the recent death of his lover.
Mewton-Wood had been a close friend of Benjamin Britten, who wrote Canticle III: Still falls the rain for his memorial concert.
In addition to Beethoven, Mewton-Wood's repertoire included:
Sir Arthur Bliss's Piano Concerto (as Mewton-Wood was an exponent of this piece, Bliss wrote him a piano sonata)
Busoni's Fantasia contrappuntistica and Piano Concerto (a 1948 recording with Sir Thomas Beecham in 1948 is the earliest complete recording of the Busoni concerto known to survive)
Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis
Tchaikovsky's three piano concertos, G major sonata, and Concert Fantasia
Tippett's song cycle The Heart's Assurance
Works by Bartók, Britten (he gave the world premiere of the revised version of Britten's Piano Concerto), Liszt, Schubert and Schumann.
He also composed chamber music, a piano concerto, ballet music, and music for the films Tawny Pipit (1944) and Chance of a Lifetime (1950).
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto no. 4 op. 58 in G Major
Piano: Noel Mewton-Wood
Utrecht Symphony Orchestra