New Classics

[This disc] features works by one of the most brilliant successors to the Romantic genres popularised by Chopin. Hardly known outside Poland, Roman Statkowski’s music is full of sparkling energy, rhythmic vitality and a mass of wonderful melodies. For anyone who loves the classical romanticism of the mid to late 19th century, Statkowski is a composer to be checked out and investigated in depth. The virtuoso Polish pianist Barbara Karaskiewicz has championed his music for some time, and has a close affinity with his work. She brings a formidable technique to the glittering fast passages and is the ideal interpreter.

—John Pitt