Augusta Read Thomas Selected Chamber & Piano Works
Volume 1 of this series devoted to Augusta Read Thomas's music concentrated upon orchestral and concertante works, with the intention of giving the listener a sense of this composer's virtuosic command of large forces allied to a kaleidoscopic sense of colour and a formal fluidity which defies attempts at cut-and-dried analysis. Volume 2 also emphasizes the latter two attributes, but does so by shifting focus on music of a more intimate nature. Six of the nine works gathered here are for various chamber combinations. The other three, which occupy the greater part of this CD's playing time, are solo piano works, and span the entire chronological range of this collection.
"Throughout this programme, the performances (mostly by the dedicatees or those who gave the premiere) are unfailingly responsive to Thomas's finely wrought and bracingly immediate language, while the sound betrays litle evidence of having been compiled from a variety of sources. Those who have acquired the earlier disc will need no prompting with its successor." Gramophone
"Sadly I have not yet heard Volume 1 of Thomas’ music the one for orchestra: Nimbus Alliance NI 6258. I say sadly, because in the light of what I have encountered on much of this disc I like what I have heard. She is chair of the board of the American Music Centre and clearly, although her music has not consistently reached the UK, she is a major figure in American music...The recordings are remarkably consistent in sound quality and volume. All the performances are wonderfully prepared." Gary Higginson, MusicWeb-International.com, August 2014
"This disc of chamber and piano works by Augusta Read Thomas follows on from that of the orchestral music in reaffirming the consistency as well as the versatility of her idiom...Throughout this programme, the performances are unfailingly responsive to Thomas's finely wrought and bracingly immediate language, while the sound betrays little evidence of having been compiled from a variety of sources. Those who have acquired the earlier disc will need no prompting with its successor." Gramophone August 2014
"Given the multiple recording dates and venues, the sound on this disc is remarkably consistent - that is to say honest, and not showy...Augusta Read Thomas is a composer I respect." International Records Review, July 2014