Gramophone

We need a definitive recording of the Piano Fantasy and Clarke is exactly the kind of performer to deliver it. Unfortunately he is let down by the metallic quality of the piano in the middle register and the tuning keeps slipping after the more strident passages … As usual all Clarke’s interpretations are scrupulous … the slow music in the last movement achieves a magical atmosphere … In the Fantasy, as elsewhere, Clarke is in complete command of the passagework in this utterly uncompromising half-hour epic … Overall this release is a disappointment. First-class playing; second-class piano.

—Peter Dickinson