Award-winning Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo gives the world premiere recording of Unsuk Chin’s extremely virtuosic Piano Études, which take up and develop on the legacy of Ligeti’s. Following the artist’s recommendation, the listener is invited to create their own playlist, and playfully intersperse these among the other “musical toys” on the album, including Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata and Gubaidulina’s Musical Toys.
19th April 2013
“Musical Toys, above all, delights in the importance of being playful...the work that makes the CD essential is Unsuk Chin’s set of Six Piano Etudes: music that magnificently fuses contemporary complexities with the 19th-century spirit of virtuoso display...Liberating, that’s what this CD is, as well as a joy for ever.”
The Arts Desk
25th May 2013
“Delicious...Childlike needn’t mean naïve or childish. These probing little pieces sound like profound whisperings from a distant planet...a desert island disc.”
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