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Neglected in the US as elsewhere, even today, Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920) was a unique voice at a fascinating time in the history of American music. With an ear for evocative tone-painting matching Scriabin’s and a feeling for the last voices of European romanticism, his refusal neatly to be pigeonholed is both the cause of his neglect and the reason he should belatedly be celebrated. And celebrated he is by Ohlsson, whose passion and formidable technique are placed entirely at Griffes’ service.

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