Musical Opinion

This CD conveniently collects Copland’s four major works for solo piano in performances of considerable sympathy and insight. There is an impressive consistency of style in Copland’s piano music which Raymond Clarke displays with a flawless technique, and all in all the sympathetic listener might begin to wonder why it is that these pieces are so little known when considering the other works within this great composer’s output which have made him consistently one of the popular composers of the 20 th century.

The recordings are particularly fine and the performances here do it full justice, piano tone being impressive. Raymond Clarke contributes his own scholarly and informative booklet notes. An important CD enthusiastically recommended.

—Robert Matthew-Walker