Pizzicato

The British composer Roy Heaton Smith, born 1928 in Middleton, Greater Manchester, deceased 2014, wrote diversified styles of music, which could possibly be assigned to the category ‘neo-classical’. Some is certainly more associated with ‘British Light Music’, but there are also sophisticated pieces, like for example ‘A Suite of Variations’ for viola and piano, and ‘Introduction and Variations’ op. 24. In general kind-hearted tones dominate, sometimes melancholic or enhanced through virtuosity. And there is also British humor. This comes together as a pleasant program, not earth-moving, but pleasant chamber music entertainment. The musicians’ presentation of the pieces is lively and impressive.

—Norbert Tischer