Northern Echo

Five Preludes from op.2,3 by Shostakovich, plus the premiere recording of all Sir Andrzej Panufnik’s music. The music is easily absorbed, even light in nature in the case of Shostakovich, and very approachable. Raymond Clarke’s playing is effective and clean. Recorded in the King’s Hall of Newcastle University it’s worth a try. * * * (three star award)

—David Robson