JAN RÄÄTS (b.1932): Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - 3 Sonatas, Op. 11, Sonata No. 4, Op. 36 “Quasi Beatles”, Sonata No. 9, Op. 76 and Sonata No. 10, Op. 114 (All World Premiere Recordings.).
Catalogue Number: 04S065
Label: Grand Piano
Description: “Rääts’ sonatas embody a sophisticated yet organic fusion of opposites, characterised by playful simplicity, post-modernist dissonance, minimalistic obsession, harshly driving rhythms and achingly lyrical gestures. Poly-stylistic references, motives and quotations come and go at a rapid pace, or else topple over each other like commuters scrambling for a seat on the metro in rush hour. Superficially, one might make an analogy to the stylistic inclusiveness of Alfred Schnittke’s works, or plausibly claim Rääts to be the missing link between Dmitri Shostakovich and Steve Reich. Yet Rääts is recognizably his own man, whose inherent sense of form and internal balance brings clarity and cohesion to the disparate and kaleidoscopic elements of his style.” - from the booklet notes by Jed Distler. Nicolas Horvath (piano).