The French-born New Yorker’s rococo technique is something of a trademark, but on this live solo piano recording, it is held in check to serve the imperatives of thematic development.

Centrepieces are the thoughtful original improvisations of the sombre, blues-tinted title track and the six demanding “Etude Tableaux” (No 4 is viewable on video-enhanced CD).

Pilc’s imagination remains intact, bringing the introduction of “Caravan” vividly to life with deadened notes, shrouding “Blue in Green” in mist and delivering a playfully off-centre “Mack the Knife”.

Jean-Michel Pilc

Essential

(Motéma Music)

4 stars

Get alerts on Arts when a new story is published

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2019. All rights reserved.
Reuse this content (opens in new window)

Comments have not been enabled for this article.

Follow the topics in this article