PIANO MUSIC FOR CHILDREN
Written to be played by children perhaps, but not all these pieces are as simple as the title may suggest! Miniature modern masterpieces by some of the 20th century's greatest composers.
|CD DURATION: 77:18
AUDIO SAMPLE: Prokofiev: Tarantella
Bartók: Four pieces from "Ten Easy Pieces"
|review extracts: for full reviews click here|
|“I don't know whose idea this CD was, but it was a brilliant one. It goes without saying that [Clarke] is technically well in command of this music, and his performances are poised, imaginative and strongly characterised. The CD is accompanied by a learned and informative booklet of notes by Raymond Clarke himself, and the piano is the excellent Steinway model D at Newcastle University. More please!” - Gwyn Parry-Jones (MusicWeb)|
|“… pianist Raymond Clarke makes a good case for each of [the pieces]… piano teachers will certainly want a copy of this program... The rest of us can simply enjoy the music” - Frank Behrens (Brattleboro Reformer, USA)|
|“… a demonstration that composers of stature can write with simplicity without compromising their style… [Raymond Clarke's] very good at setting the mood quickly for each piece…” Performance - 4 stars - Martin Cotton (BBC Music Magazine)|
|“This is a collection of very fine music…highly enjoyable… a recording to savour” – Stephen Priest (The Pianist)|
|"Raymond Clarke’s commitment to 20th century music is in do doubt. Technically and emotionally music for children can lack depth, though much of this disc proves this is not invariably so.. but they are enjoyable enough to warrant a return visit, especially in Clarke’s hands. Clarke’s notes are a real bonus. The range of styles on display ensures that the disc never outstays its welcome” – John Riley (DSCH Journal)|