Midwest Record

Contemporary classical is alive and well in England as this composer struggles to make complex pieces palatable. This recording, supervised by the composer, is loaded with music that seems difficult to play but certainly rewards the listener for sticking with it. The centerpiece of this collection is a cello sonata, given a two readings, each with a different spin that should open the ears. Between them are some caprices that hold the intensity of the core. A pretty solid bet for the classical malcontent that wants to chart some new waters.

—Chris Spector