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Andrew Cooperstock is a fine pianist who has specialised in contemporary American music. He presents Bernstein’s complete piano music with aplomb and dedication, including a multitracked first complete recording of the charming Bridal Suite. Cooperstock’s strength is his chameleon-like ability to adapt to the scenery; and Bernstein’s scenery is especially varied in the four sets of Anniversaries that take up the first disc here: heartfelt miniatures – gifts from Bernstein, if you will. Cooperstock finds everything here from hoe-down (‘for Johnny Mehegan’), life-affirming joy (‘For Helen Coates’), jazz (‘For Elizabeth B Ehrman’) to post-tonal lyricism (‘For Lukas Foss’).

Bernstein’s final work, Touches, is a work that seems to ‘touch’ on everything, from pointillism to jazz. Cooperstock’s account is magnificent, as is his justifiably granitic approach to Bernstein’s Piano Sonata (the central movement includes forearm clusters). There is much to enthral, including the exhilarating arrangement of Copland’s El Salón México, given with true virtuosity. Superb.

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