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This is a very important release for lovers of 20th century music, featuring the major solo piano works of one of America’s most revered composers, and includes all of Copland's major piano works

Pianist Raymond Clarke is one of Britain's leading exponents of modern music.  He has recorded 5 other CDs for our Divine Art, Diversions and Athene labels,feauring highly acclaimed performances of outstanding modern masterpieces.


AUDIO SAMPLE:   Piano Sonata - Vivace (extract)






the music :

Piano Variations
Piano Sonata
Piano Fantasy

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“Divine Art provide faultless production values…. From the recording information given by Divine Art, this disc was put down in one day. If that is indeed the case, Clarke’s achievement is all the more remarkable. My recording of the month, without a shadow of a doubt. For anyone who has yet to experience the wonders of Copland’s music for piano, here is the place to start.” - Colin Clarke (MusicWeb)
“performances of considerable sympathy and insight… with a flawless technique… 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 (Musical Opinion)
“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.” - David Denton (Yorkshire Post)
“Raymond Clarke now provides what is the most satisfying single disc of Copland’s piano music… altogether this collection leads the field. The recording is outstandingly vivid and realistic, with a full sonority in the bass. A most satisfying and rewarding collection”.       *** (“outstanding”) – Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
"Clarke...plays with intensity and conviction... the listener hangs on to almost every note - remarkable tension" - Arthur Baker (FRMS Bulletin)
We need a definitive recording of the Piano Fantasy and Clarke is exactly the kind of performer to deliver it... As usual all Clarke's interpretations are scrupulous ... the slow music in the last movement achieves a magical atmosphere ... In the Fantasy, as elsewhere, Clarke is in complete command of the passagework in this utterly uncompromising half-hour epic ...  First-class playing” - Peter Dickinson (Gramophone)
“rock-solid technique, a strong sense of purposeful movement and outstanding clarity… enthusiastically recommended” – Anthony Burton (BBC Music Magazine)
“Clarke plays with immense authority…a performance to which I've returned again and again. Clarke turns the work into musical gold…a rare gift... a major achievement”- Neville Cohn (Oz Arts Review)