Music: New Classical Records

Krenek: Piano Sonata No. 4 (Bernhard Abramowitsch; Music Library). A vintage 1948 work by a composer who made a worldwide splash with his opera, Jonny Spielt Auf, written in a kind of Teutonic honky-tonk style a quarter century ago. The sonata, sometimes using the twelve-tone technique, is full of ultramodern patterns, but they are served up in comparatively palatable form: there are moments of humor, drama and bewitchingly strange sounds. Pianist Abramowitsch plays it with skill and enthusiasm.

Sylvia Marlowe (New Editions). A sampling of four living composers played by Harpsichordist Marlowe and...

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