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Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, March 2020

All the music is tuneful and listenable. With such a wide variety of music and subjects, I found some of the pieces very beautiful, others notable for their energy and spirit, and some merely nice. If you want a good overview of Perry’s music you won’t go wrong with this. It is always pleasant… © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Colin Clarke
Fanfare, March 2020

Scored for solo piano and orchestra, Fiona is a touching tribute to Fiona Albek, who passed away far too early. It exudes charm and affection; the string statement of the melody is perfectly judged by the Slovak strings. As throughout this disc, Paul Phillips’s conducting here catches the spirit of the music precisely.

All the pieces here are offered in world premiere recordings. Given that several items feature Perry himself conducting, this represents as closely as can be the composer’s own thoughts. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, March 2020

The brief incidental works on the program fit into the niche between sentiment and sentimentality that Perry skillfully occupies. The Slovak Philharmonic sounds quite good and is well conducted by Paul Phillips. The chorus appears wordlessly on only one track in the Wind in the Willows suite. With salutations to a composer whose musical life seems all but ideal, this engaging album is warmly recommended. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review

Robert Schulslaper
Fanfare, March 2020

Michael Chertock’s heart-on-sleeve performance flatters every nuance of the alternately sunny, exuberant, Romantically nostalgic score.

Arranger Robert Nowak, clearly a man of multiple talents, executed the musical engravings dotted throughout. All told, this is a very attractive release with broad appeal. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review

Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, March 2020

Perry has an extraordinary gift for ear-caressing melody (try Fiona) and an affability that never turns garrulous (a rare virtue!)—and the plush orchestrations (Robert Nowak is his skilled collaborator here) double the pleasure. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2019

This CD gives a small overview. It begins with Toujours Provence, a piece the composer calls ‘a musical guidebook’. So, follow the tourist-guide through southern regions. The music is as nice and uncomplicated, yes, entertaining as the other pieces in the programme. … The Slovak Orchestra performs reliably under Paul Phillips and also under the composer. © 2019 Pizzicato Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2019

William Perry was born in New York in 1930 his musical education taking place at Harvard University where his mentors included Paul Hindemith and Walter Piston.

Almost from the outset he was drawn to the musical theatre, his success there pointing him equally in the direction of the film industry. There he was particularly drawn towards composing music for films from the silent movie era. On Broadway he found success including the award winning musical Wind in the Willows, the present disc including the ballet suite in sixteen sections introducing many of the characters in Kenneth Graham’s classical book for children (and adults). The disc opens with colourful Toujours Provence, memories of his favourite French holiday destination, the score set in four ‘sections’ that create a light-hearted piano concerto. It is played with sparkling vivacity by Michael Chertock, a pianist who frequently crosses the boundary between serious and light music. Short, but deeply touching is Fiona, the thematic music coming from a work for viola and piano that was brought to an end by the death of Fiona Ambra, one of the twin sisters who formed the Albek Duo. She was still in her thirties. For Swordplay! Perry fashions a concert overture from his music for swashbuckling silent films, followed here by three orchestral cameos. Recording sessions as wide apart as 1982 and 2018 have been welded together without any jolts in the sound, the playing of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paul Phillips and William Perry is very much in keeping with the silver screen. © 2019 David’s Review Corner

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