Language lessons in music! Much of the available contemporary piano repertoire is quite inaccessible to pupils of moderate technical abilities. With this in mind, Anne-Lise Gastaldi & Valérie Haluk approached and involved several composers, each of whom has a musical language particularly characteristic of our time, requesting an original composition for our young pianists.
Generously and willingly Georges Aperghis, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Ivan Fedele, Cristóbal Halffter, Michaël Jarrell, György Kurtág, Luis de Pablo and Salvatore Sciarrino have each contributed. The outcome is a unique collection of pieces which will serve as an introduction and even a companion to developing musicians, presenting an exciting, new musical language and opening up new perspectives on contemporary music.
To conclude that the Boulez work alone justifies the price is not meant to devalue everyone else's contribution - far from it. lt simply underlines that every piece here is musically worthwhile in its own right. lt's a fine collection that deserves much attention.
Piano Professional, Autumn 2015 Issue 39 (Nils Franke)