Yorkshire Post

A million musical miles from Copland’s popular ballet scores, his major piano works still sound uncompromisingly modern more than half a century after composition. Clarke’s impressive technique is placed entirely at the service of the music, bringing lucidity even when the page is black with notes, never diluting the percussive qualities of the Piano Variations, or smoothing the jagged quality of the Sonata. The recording made in Newcastle University brings a rather hollow sound to the piano.

—David Denton