Charlie was a British rock band that was formed in 1971 by singer/songwriter Terry Thomas and they released four albums in their career up to 1986. They toured extensively in America and the UK supporting amongst others Fleetwood Mac, The Kinks, The Doobie Brothers, And Alice Cooper. Charlie were an ‘almost’ band, had strong critical reviews, and radio friendly hits including ‘Men without Hats’. But a combination of bad management and record company indifference, meant they never actually made the Top 100. Their last studio album ‘Kitchens of Distinction’ came out in 2009. For this final album Elysium, writer/guitarist/producer/singer Terry Thomas has recruited original members Julian Colbeck, and Martin Smith, along with Jeff Becks drummer Steve Alexander.
This grande dame of the piano world, possessed of an extraordinarily modest, charming personality – focused on the music, devoted to deeply understanding it – has performed three times during the Chopin and His Europe Festival at the invitation of The Fryderyk Chopin Institute. The recordings on this album come from her concerts in 2010 (when she performed the Piano Concerto in F minor op. 21 with the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra under the baton of Christopher Warren-Green) and 2014 (when she performed a recital including, among other items, the Nocturnes presented here). A presentation of – by nature – completely different interpretations, which nonetheless form an extraordinarily coherent artistic whole. Superb creations displaying the most beautiful side of pianistic art.