Older collectors will surely remember Kitten on the Keys and perhaps Dizzy Fingers and Coaxing the Piano (all dazzlingly played here). Confrey established his international fame as a precocious virtuoso pianist/composer in the early 1920s. His music has a witty charm and is clearly influenced by French impressionism a well as by Gershwin and the Scott Joplin rags. The Georgian pianist Eteri Andjaparidze gives engagingly sparkling performances of the bravura pieces, including the ingenious closing Fourth Dimension with its amazingly virtuosic cross-hand accents, and she is equally at home in the more relaxed ragtime of Jay Walk, Stumbling and the sauntering gait of Meandering. But she also relishes the atmosphere and charm of the gentler pieces among the Oddities and the suites (two of the Moods of a New Yorker recall the tranquil simplicity of MacDowell’s To a wild rose). A most entertaining collection, given excellent piano recording.
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