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This is a disc of fascinating juxtapositions. George Rochberg is the ex-serialist who, following a personal tragedy, reverted to tonal music and became a leading exponent of postmodernist collage and pastiche. His three works here simultaneously celebrate and interrogate earlier styles of music – popular genres such as blues and ragtime in Carnival Music; a panoply of classical forms in the Partita-Variations; Bach and modernism in Nach Bach – and each movement sparks frissons of excitement as it teeters between collusion and clash. Paul Chihara’s ‘Twice Seven Haiku’ Bagatelles walk a similar tightrope, delicate miniatures that gesture fleetingly towards everything from Beethoven to Japanese folk music to hip hop. Ned Rorem contributes just 75 notes to the disc, a gift to pianist Jerome Lowenthal for his 75th birthday. The distinguished Lowenthal, now in his 80s, dispatches all of these diverse stylistic knots with powerful aplomb and a terse relish.

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