Admirers of Kyung-Wha Chung will hardly mind the poor value in time-length (Kennedy, also on EMI, does not have a coupling, either), when it so winningly adds to Chung’s discography. It is the more welcome when, since her switch from Decca to EMI, new recordings from her have been all too few. This is an unashamedly traditional performance, one which has little or no regard for period practice, but gives us a sequence of four concertos in warmly relaxed readings. Unlike those of Kennedy and Mutter they avoid extreme speeds, either fast or slow.
Maria Szymanowska Piano Duo is formed by two pianist associated with the Academy of Music in Łódź. The guiding thought of the joint activity adopted by the artists is to promote Polish music and works of less known composers, whose pieces are gradually being forgotten. Polish music, to which the present CD including four hands piano music is dedicated, occupies a special place in their output.
UK artist Flood is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who so far have made one album, "Tales From the Four Seasons", which was issued by Canadian label Unicorn Digital in 2009. This album is dedicated to the cycle of life reflected in the ever changing seasons. An instrumental piece in four parts, one for each season, the music is split into short movements linked together to make a seasonal story. Filling the spaces between the dramas created by the beautiful force of nature the music is reflective and relaxing intended to leave the listener with a warm feeling of well being. Instrumentation is led by aucoustic guitar and augmented by piano, flute and clarinet. a small string section weaves in and out of the melodies created by the lead instruments.