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Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, October 2000

"Again, Naxos ferrets out unfamiliar repertory that delights as it teases with the question: why didn't somebody think of this before? Ibert's piano music is a bit reminiscent of Poulenc's but more straightforward. These tiny Pictures, Stories, Encounters, and sundry musical images - some 36 of them before this generous program has run its course - enchant even if they don't cut very deeply. The Romance offers Schumannesque Lyricism; the 'Abandoned Palace' and ' The Wind Over The Ruins' have spooky Gothic atmosphere; the brilliant 'Cabman's Dance' sprints off the keyboard and out of sight; the children's pieces evoke innocence and wonder in the mode of Ravel's Mother Goose.

"As usual, Naxos serves up a fresh, impressive musician along with the novel music. Korean pianist He-won Chang plays with crisp rhythms, subtle colors, and a sense of joy. The sound is warm and resplendent. This enterprising label shows that there is no reason for brainless "easy listening". Plenty of great music with a light touch is out there, waiting to be unearthed."





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