"This is a most thoughtfully conceived programme of contemporary piano masterpieces.  It was a revelation to hear works of Boulez and Amy in the context of music which had a profound influence on them – the ‘instrument of frenzy’ in the third of Schoenberg’s Three Pieces Opus 11, and at the other extreme, the canonic intricacies of Webern’s Variations Opus 27.  James Iman’s performances are characterised throughout by a passionate sense of commitment to each of the works on the CD.  I was particularly impressed by his playing in the rarely heard Sonata by Gilbert Amy, and the remarkable resonances obtained from the instrument in his performance of Constellation from Boulez’s Third Sonata.  A most welcome release."

-Peter O'Hagan

"Facing the undoubted and disquieting difficulty of these pieces, James Iman's reading is truly remarkable: precision, sense of balance, structural speech, programmatic rigor, these are the "key-words" of his performance, of which the peak, in my opinion, is represented right from the boulezian sonata, that puts it among the versions of the piece considered as a reference."

-Andrea Bedetti

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