The piano music of the American composer Phillip Ramey (born in 1939) is rooted in the motoric athleticism of Prokofiev and Bartók, tempered with sober lyricism, spicy modernist dissonance and a fresh approach to the grand Romantic gesture. This fourth Toccata Classics album includes the virtuosic Cossack Variations, the mercurial Epigrams, Book Two and Lament for Richard III, a dramatic character-study of a famous historical villain. Two sonatas add further substance to a varied programme: No. 3, serially inflected and culminating in a barbaric finale; and No. 7, infused with declamatory rhetoric, quirky rhythm and engaging melody.
" ... one can state confidently that this release, along with its predecessors, makes the best possible case for Phillip Ramey as a composer of considerable stature>2
Walter Simmons - Fanfare - Walter Simmons
"... Stephen Gosling plays all the music very well, and since the composer supervised the recordings I imagine the readings are definative..."
Rob Haskins - American Record Guide - September/October 2013