Lennox and Michael Berkeley
Penguin Guide Award ***
I have known these pieces for more than 50 years and can confirm that every move she makes is utterly musical and idiomatic. The melodies are allowed to speak for themselves in the great pianistic tradition stretching from Mozart to Ravel… These performances confirm Fingerhut as an outstanding executant. She brings a wonderfully rapt pianissimo to the spiritual slow movement of the Sonata; effortlessly glittering passagework in the scherzo textures; and no exaggeration in rubato.
Margaret Fingerhut is an accomplished and stylish advocate; she is particularly eloquent in the dark colours of the Michael Berkeley, and she gives a penetrating account of the Sonata. For anyone interested in 20th century British music, this is warmly recommended.
The music is sheer joy for pianist and listener alike and Margaret Fingerhut makes the most of the music’s lyrical quality; her touch is ideally suited to interpreting this very expressive music.
For Strange Meeting and Lennox’s Sonata alone, this CD is invaluable. The fact that it offers more besides…lifts it into the category of essential.
International Record Review.