Fanfare

For me the outright best release of the past year [2013], bar none, was Murray McLachlan’s three-CD sampler (for there is much more music still to be recorded) on Divine Art of the piano music of Ronald Stevenson (b. 1928). Imagine Bach, Berg, Busoni, Grainger, Grieg, Paderewski, Rachmaninoff, and a few others (not forgetting Eubie Blake) all rolled into one and given a distinctive Scots flavor, and you have something of the generosity of spirit and intellectual resourcefulness of this oeuvre. That a composer of this stature should have to wait so long for record­ings of his music (and he’s still waiting for the vast bulk of his huge output to get anywhere near the microphones) is shameful; this set will let you hear why.

—Martin Anderson