Divine Arts DDV24134
Murray McLachlan (piano).
Includes Piobaireachd - Sonatina No.3 - Cameos - Highland sketches - Portraits.
This has been received for review alongside re-issues of the earlier volumes, now all coming out on Divine Art (Dunelm Series). My regard for Chisholm grows with each new recording of his music. Every piece is strongly characterised and his musical language(s) are widely derived and have a feeling of original thinking.
The project is clearly a labour of love and the detailed notes by John Purser lift it; there are many evocative descriptions, e.g. The Mirror (Cameo No 4) is "more a mirror of water than of glass" and there are numerous like felicities. This newest attempt to bring Chisholm out of the shadows ought to succeed; a composer well worth exploring for piano students of all levels. - Peter Grahame Woolf