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December 2013
News   -  "Intensely Pleasant" Album release

I’m delighted to announce that Hyperion/1EqualMusic are digitally releasing my album of Intensely Pleasant Music – Airs & Fantasias and other piano music by John Pitts performed by Steven Kings, and they have included Fantasia 2 (for prepared piano) on their December 2013 monthly sampler -

“A first mainstream airing for a wonderful recording first issued privately in 2008. This is 'modern' piano music at its best: summed up by one reviewer as 'intensely pleasant music', occasionally challenging to the listener (to say nothing of the performer), but always engaging—an infectiously melodious fusion of influences at once reminiscent of Bach and Einaudi. With more than an occasional hint of humour. And a ruler.”

This recording is also available as a CD (CD.TP/ipm08) from

Read the reviews!

REVIEWS NEW AGE 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars "Realmente un magnífico repertorio desbordante de calidad, belleza y de sumo interés." ..... MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL “This is a colorful and interesting set by a talented composer.... The playing by Steven Kings is technically and emotionally perfect." ALL MUSIC GUIDE 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars THE INDEPENDENT 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars "deftly impressive"..... MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL "brilliantly exciting"..."a colossal musical project that deserves admiration"..."Stunning and seriously impressive"...... NEW CLASSICS "beautifully played" ..... PIANO PROFESSIONAL "great character and emotional integrity...a thoroughly worthwhile project" ..... OPUSMUSICA "recomendable" ..... CLASSICALSOURCE "surely more than just 'intensely pleasant music'." ..... VENUE 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars ..... INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW " overall idiom of considerable charm... 'Intensely pleasant music'? Most certainly." ..... CROSS RHYTHMS 9/10 "this album is beautiful, moving and relaxing"...... MUSICAL OPINION 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars "a sensitive and intelligent creative personality".....

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