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Ian Lace
MusicWeb International, July 2013

A short but very sweet and genial programme this; and guaranteed to bring a smile to a face jaded, perhaps, by too much solemn music.

Solemnity begins Vieuxtemps’ Yankee Doodle Dandy Variations before the entry of the famous theme and amusement follows. The piece gives Khakhamov every opportunity to show off flashy virtuosity. The same applies to flautist Oleg Sergeev through the presto tempi of the Bumblebee’s flight.

Shostakovich’s naughtiness delights through his Golden Age Polka…His Galop is full of genial busyness, the Dance III is bright and merry and the Humoresque-Waltz has a toy music-box charm.

The Galop from Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite has a coy middle section surrounded by appealing scampering cheekiness.

Margaret Ruthven Lang’s settings of Edward Lear’s limericks score highly with Lucy Mauro’s droll piano accompaniments to Donald George’s whimsical deliveries.

The funniest of all the songs is The Green-Eyed Dragon.

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