Absolutely! - Music for string quartet and jazz soloists

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Absolutely! – Music for string quartet and jazz soloists

When issued, this was our disc of the year, this is so new, different and unique we just love it… not mundane and simplistic crossover but a true fusion and blend of soft jazz solos and improvisations, over standard ‘straight’ classical playing: bring together the top performers Uwe Steinmetz, composer and saxophonist, jazz violinist Mads […]


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What The Critics Are Saying…

An interesting and enterprising set, celebrating English Art Songs by less well-known composers. The booklet is very detailed, containing information about the Society, together with biographies and full song texts.

” —Jim Westhead, MusicWeb International

This [new CD] features compositions by Joshua Fineberg and Hugues Dufourt and answers the question ‘Can one still write for the piano today?’ with a resounding yes.

” —'Pliable', Overgrown Path

Nonken’s performance is remarkable in that she seems so intimately attuned to Fineberg’s mode of discourse. The pianism [in the Dufourt work] is terrific: Nonken’s finger strength in the loud passages in particular is massively impressive. That said, she treats many of the quieter passages with an attention to texture and touch that one might more readily associate with a sensitive interpreter of the French Impressionists.

” —Colin Clarke, Fanfare

Music of constantly morphing repetitions, often on a vast scale. Phrases, gestural blocks, and entire contours recur with the naturalness of an emergent spring or an oncoming snowstorm. There is not a pianist playing today who can bring more subtlety and energy to the music of Fineberg and Dufourt than does Marilyn Nonken. Her voicings are exquisite, her pedaling throughout is a model to be studied, and, when necessary, her virtuosity is equaled only by the insight and passion with which every piece is imbued. The recording is excellent, capturing every burst of light and color as it decays through every shade of sound and silence. This is an absolutely essential piano disc, a worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in recent piano explorations, rendered with vitality and intellectual rigor in perfect balance.

” —Marc Medwin, Fanfare

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