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Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, May 2017

The Gershwin tune is taken on a worn upright which captures a speakeasy’s aura. Subtle piano artifacts lurk (inside sounds, buzzing resonance) in the Cage which might perturb traditionalists. Crumb’s piece intentionally straddles genres, being an exploration in and out of the piano on Monk’s Round Midnight. Bits of Debussy, Richard Strauss, Wagner, et al. litter the journey, along with the requisite loudly proclaimed counting. Summer Phantoms is decidedly a troubled dream whose electronics retreat before disturbing. As the program moves chronologically, it also becomes more diffuse, although Stark takes us back to Gershwin and Cage’s tonality in his multi-section nocturnal landscape. © 2017 La Folia

Graham Lock
International Piano, January 2016

The disc’s centre-piece is George Crumb’s A Little Night Music—nine ‘ruminations’ on Thelonious Monk’s classic Round Midnight, which he transforms into a trickle of quirky vignettes, employing various pianistic techniques to ghostly effect. © 2016 International Piano

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