I first learned of this album from the public radio station in Southern California - never heard it up north... What a joyful find! The Concertino Bianco, composed by Georgs Pelecis is especially amazing when one considers that this was written in 1984 Moscow by a Latvian composer. How to compose such optimistic and happy music in such a difficult time shows a fine counterpoint to much of the more somber and nationalistic sounds from that era. What a joyful, tonal piece! At first hearing it appears that the C-major key choice and the almost too well-tempered melody would get old after a few times. A year later I have not tired of it and play this piece often in my car as a happy gift to my ears on my way to or from work.
The first two selections on this album require more patience and understanding - especially for less sophisticated American ears (like mine) I suspect.
This is a great CD to own and surprise your piano friends with such a joyful discovery - very doubtful that anyone else will own this, since it appears this 2003 Apex recording is hard to find!