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Here, well-known names such as Copland (who kicks things off with a ruminative stroll Down a Country Lane that could only be by him) rub shoulders with the likes of Anthony Heinrich, whose Minstrel’s March (an autobiographical journey from Philadelphia to Kentucky) is an exercise in high vacuity.

Variety is this disc’s strength, and Licad plays with a chameleon-like ability to adjust to vernaculars. She finds the sweet, ruminative heart of MacDowell’s Woodland Sketches, her perfect reading taking top slot in the catalogue. While Roy Harris’ Streets of Laredo seems low on inspiration, it is clear that we need to hear more of Minnesotan composer Arthur Farwell – the movements excerpted from From Mesa and Plain are miraculous. A voyage of discovery, expertly navigated by Licad.

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