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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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