Ferenc Farkas: Orchestral Music, Volume One
This first release in a series of recordings of orchestral music by the Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas (1905–2000) highlights the characteristics that make his works so appealing: catchy tunes, transparent scoring, buoyant rhythms and a fondness for Baroque forms and folk-dances.
Nikolai Peyko: Complete Piano Music, Volume One
The Russian composer Nikolai Peyko (1916–95) studied with Myaskovsky at the Moscow Conservatoire, where he later became Shostakovich’s teaching assistant and then an important teacher in his own right. Peyko’s piano music shares Shostakovich’s fondness for irony and Prokofiev’s for driving march-rhythms and playful good humour and, as with so many Russian composers, the sound of bells can often be heard. Each of the two CDs in this complete recording of his piano music ends with one of Peyko’s two works for two pianos – the first time that any of this music has been heard in its entirety.
Jean-Philippe Rameau: The Complete Keyboard Music, Volume Three
Rameau was one of the great composers for the keyboard. But because pianists have not adopted his harpsichord music as they have that of the other great names of the Baroque – Bach, Handel and Scarlatti – his stature as one of the world’s major keyboard composers is not as fully acknowledged. This series of three CDs aims to underline that claim by presenting all his keyboard music on the piano: the familiar suites, a number of discoveries and arrangements by his contemporaries.