Variations: Piano

I am always lost in admiration for Clare Hammond’s playing. She seems to have invincible fingers and can tackle anything a composer throws at her…

Sir Adrian Boult: A Musical Legacy

These are not for the most part the extraordinary recordings Boult made in the late 1960s and into the 70s for EMI, produced by Christopher Bishop, that introduced him as an interpreter of the classics to a new generation – mine. In those years Boult emerged as the grand master, freed from the smothering of his reputation by factional music politics and his own tendency to accept whatever was thrown at him…

Feinberg and Winterberg

These are all world premiere modern recordings made in Paris of music by two composers who have largely slipped through the reputational net undeservedly…

Harp Meets Piano

This is one of those discs that really should not work but most emphatically does. It would be easy for the piano to drown out the harp constantly but the blend is well handled by the engineer in Paris…

American Composers At Play

This collection is something of a treasure, not just because Stephen Powell sings the songs superbly but because in so many of them he is accompanied by the composers. We know we are getting what the composers intended: especially valuable in the case of the pieces by Ricky Ian Gordon, which are mostly first recordings…