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Graham Lock
International Piano, September 2016

The outstanding work is the Sonata for Two Pianos (1947), a rare Bowles sortie into modernist severity, especially in the last movement’s implacably pounding rhythms. Kasparov reckons it is ‘amongst the most challenging works ever composed for this medium’; he and Lutsyshyn deliver it with admirable panache. © 2016 International Piano



Jed Distler
Gramophone, July 2016

Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn are both on top of the notes and inside the music; the rhythmic complexities and tricky tutti attacks don’t faze their ensemble synchronicity one iota. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2016

The music ranges from Latin-American influenced, folksy Americana or otherwise vibrantly lively and/or lyrical character studies and a more formal “Sonata for Two Pianos” that sound refreshingly unpretentious yet disarmingly brilliant. Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn (the Invencia Duo) play the two-piano works with a togetherness of subtle nuance and then take turns performing the solo works in this volume. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2016

Paul Bowles was born in 1910, his name destined to be venerated among the literary figures of the 20th century, yet as a composer he is totally forgotten. Strangely as history looks back on him, you will find it was in that medium he started out, his career as a writer only coming to the fore in the last fifty years of a long life that ended in 1999. He wrote in most genres of classical music, this being the first of two volumes of his complete piano music. Maybe the build-up created by the disc’s back insert led me to expect far too much, most of the thirty-three tracks being cameos or tuneful snippets lasting just a few seconds. Full of Americana, it is lightweight and pleasing, at times a little jazzy in rhythm, and often reminding of the era of Scott Joplin. That he was still much respected in the world of music comes in Virgil Thompson’s short atonal Souvenir: Portrait of Paul Bowles, and Leonard Bernstein’s equally modern, For Paul Bowles. The only work of substantial length is the Sonata for Two Pianos which lasts just over thirteen minutes and flirts with the atonality prevalent in 1947. Whether in the solo piano works or as part of the duo in the Three Songs and the Sonata, the idiomatic playing from the Moscow trained Andrey Kasparov perfectly reflects his new homeland in the States. Nothing here would stretch a pianist of modest attainment, but he, and his partner, Oksana Lutsyshyn, have the ability of turning something simple into a work of artistic value. Very good sound. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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