Center: Instrumental & Chamber Music, Vol. 3

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Ronald Center (1913–73) is sometimes described as ‘the Scottish Bartók’, and his music does indeed capture some of the wild energy of the Scottish landscape...

Ronald Center (1913–73) is sometimes described as ‘the Scottish Bartók’, and his music does indeed capture some of the wild energy of the Scottish landscape in a style of Bartókian asperity. It also shows affinities with the music of Busoni, Debussy, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Vaughan Williams, absorbed into an individual style that is audibly Scots. Center was essentially a miniaturist, his meticulous craftsmanship allowing him to encompass a range of emotions – heart-felt sorrow, grim humour, relaxed lyricism, dark despair – in a crisp and succinct manner, animated by sharp wit and irony. Many of the works recorded here also show off his skill as a contrapuntist and one, surprisingly, is a rumba.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: April 19, 2024


  • UPC: 5060113447234


  • Catalog Number: TOCC0723


  • Label: Toccata Classics


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Ronald Center


  • Performer: Tamas Fejes, Balazs Renczes, Christopher Guild