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Jed Distler
Gramophone, October 2016

Pianists Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn deliver technically adroit and stylistically sound performances that capture the full measure of Bowles’s musical imagination. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



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

The performances are beautifully idiomatic, capturing the brittle character, whimsicality and subtle power of the music. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Gary Higginson
MusicWeb International, August 2016

This disc proved more attractive and interesting than I had expected. Although Bowles may be a better writer than a composer he certainly deserves his place in the Naxos American Classics series. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2016

In welcoming the first of two volumes of piano music by Paul Bowles two months ago, I commented that the music of this famous literary figure is totally forgotten. Born in 1910, he had looked to a career in music, but it was as a writer that he came to earn his living, only returning to composition during the last fifty years of a long life that ended in 1999. He then wrote a wide spectrum of classical music, though these two modestly filled discs cover all of his output for solo and piano duet. They are essentially pleasing cameos in a tonal mode, with moments when he entered into salon music, and just as often into works that remind one of some pleasing doodling for his own pleasure. As you pass through the disc, you find a multitude of influences, from popular song, Spanish dance and an inclination towards jazz. It is a mix difficult to describe when he also dabbles with atonality in the musical picture, Tamanar. Probably best to start on track 15 with his tricksy rhythms in the Three Latin American Pieces, or with those ideas that get nowhere in the all-too-brief Sonatina Fragmentaria. The only work of some length is the three movement Sonatina which clocks in at a little over seven minutes and comes into the style of the mid-twentieth century. The Moscow-trained Armenian-Ukrainian piano duo, now resident in the United States, keep the best to last with Andrey Kasparov’s arrangement of the folksy Blue Mountain Ballads—seven minutes of Americana delights. Getting into the many changing moods of the disc could not have been easy, but the Invencia are highly persuasive advocates. Very good sound. © 2016 David’s Review Corner



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, May 2016

This project deserves so much praise. I really appreciate the artistry of Kasparov and Lutsyshyn, and all of the care and effort they've taken to bring this important music to the public. © 2016 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review





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