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Shostakovich, Scriabin and Szymanowski are obvious composers to bear in mind when a late 20th/early 21st century composer of these unassuming gifts serves up a set of piano preludes. (Small is as good and artful an executant as he is a composer; Prelude 3 is a fine example). But these compact essays are classics in their own right. Small's fugue [listen -- Prelude 14, track 16, 1:35-3:08] is as characterful as Scarlatti. There's the same tracking problem -- though you can see why 57 CD tracks, encompassing both Bach and Small, might have seemed excessive. But take it from me, you'll want to replay every one.

Copyright © 9 March 2005 Roderic Dunnett, Coventry UK

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J S Bach: Goldberg Variations - Haskell Small

4TAYCD4028 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 79'09" 2004 4Tay Records Inc

Haskell Small, piano

J S Bach (1685-1750): Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (1741-42); Haskell Small (born 1948): Twenty-Five Preludes (1985)

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