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Former Purcell student releases his debut album

 Published on: 16th May 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

A former Purcell School student has released his debut album on Warner Bros Records, five years since winning a prestigious award. 

Martin James Bartlett, now 22, kick started his musical career when he was seven years old.

In 2014 he beat over 450 young musicians for the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award.

The classical pianist has since built a considerable international reputation, leading up to his first release Love and Death.

Love and Death is an imaginatively conceived programme, gives proof of his artistic range.

The album features music by Bach, Schumann, Wagner, Liszt and Granados, culminating with Prokofiev’s impassioned and fiery ‘War’ Sonata No 7 in B-flat.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have signed with Warner Classics and to release my debut album Love and Death,” Martin said. “These are two elemental themes that have inspired breathtaking masterpieces from poets and composers for centuries. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Martin made his BBC Proms debut in 2015 performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Martin had been a pupil at The Purcell School since 2010 where he learnt the piano with Emily Jeffrey before receiving a scholarship to learn at the Royal College of Music.

Recently he played at the Royal Albert Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Love and Death is currently available to purchase and stream from reputable outlets. 

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