Musical Opinion

This is an important CD, which is strongly recommended on every level. Although the early works by Shostakovich vary here from the very well known Fantastic Dances to the very little known Aphorisms, they are played with notable understanding and virtuosity. Sir Andrzej Panufnik’s piano music is also by no means as well known as it clearly deserves to be, and Raymond Clarke is much to be commended for his promotion of such beautifully written compositions. Panufnik was an outstanding pianist in his own right and his Pentasonata is a major addition to the modern repertory. I very much hope that other pianists will take it up. A terrific issue, very well recorded.

—Robert Matthew-Walker