Glasgow Herald

Music by Vladimir Rebikov is really worth listening to.
Here is a revelation. Some insiders have been dubbing Vladimir Rebikov “the Father of Russian Music”. To the world at large, however, he is an unknown. Not even his name, far less any of his music, is going to be familiar. Born in Siberia in 1866, Rebikov died in 1920. He has been said to pre-date in his experimentalism absolutely everything from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. That’s extravagant but the music which is on this CD, almost all of it recorded for the first time, should really have music lovers sitting up. It is abundantly original, not least in its tendency to be spiky, angular and aphoristic: it says what it has to say then stops. It will remind you of Prokofiev or Bartok; then you will hear something like Ravel or Satie or Chopin without the perfume. You will hear music which is written with whole-tone scales, orientalisms and pounding dissonances. Pianist Anthony Goldstone’s championship is authoritative and gripping.

—Michael Tumelty