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Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, April 2015

An interesting and well-played disc of three widely differing twentieth century classics. It might seem like improbable programming juxtaposing the Rite of Spring and Rhapsody in Blue with La Valse as some kind of musical sandwich between but actually it works rather well. This is due in no small degree to the virtuosity of pianist Eric Ferrand N’Kaoua. EFN’K has a formidable technique and an ability to bring clarity to the most complex of textures.

Throughout EFN’K is helped by a recording that is quite close but shows his Steinway D piano as being in exceptionally good condition—rich and powerful across the whole range. The recording venue is nicely neutral without any undue resonance but providing the right amount of warmth. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2015

[La Valse]…could well have been written for the piano, and even when you have heard the orchestral version countless times, this still seems a viable alternative. The one original work comes with Gershwin’s jazz inspired Three Preludes, here performed as if they are being improvised. That the solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue can stand alone probably tells us a great deal about the orchestral part in the original score. The French pianist, Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua, is the highly capable exponent of the entire programme… © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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