Status: Usually despatched within 24 - 48 hours
Subtitle: 35 pieces on the quirky side
Editor: Davies, Hywel
Series: Piano Moods
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (London)
Buy Together For: £15.98
Fascinations is a volume of quirky juxtapositions and intriguing pieces of music. Lœillet is cheek-by-jowl with Liszt, Schumann with Scarlatti and Sjögren. There are some fine newly-written miniatures, but also some extraordinary pieces by well-known composers, such as Mozart's bizarre Funeral march of Signor Maestro Contrapunto or the unsophisticated music-making faithfully represented in Gounod's Les pifferari and Tchaikovsky's The peasant plays the mouth-organ. Dance movements by Telemann, Schubert, Rameau, Jiovec and Zilcher all have something unexpected or piquant about them, although they are technically straightforward and a joy to play.
Every page is a treat . . . I love these books.
John York, Piano magazine, September 2007