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Alex Petcu (per­cus­sion), Michael McHale (pi­ano), Ioana Petcu-Colan (vi­o­lin) ★★★★ RTÉ lyric fm CD151

Alex Petcu’s award-win­ning pro­file has grown hugely over the past few years. Here now is the Cork per­cus­sion­ist’s first CD, rep­re­sent­ing his reg­u­lar reper­toire: ar­range­ments of clas­sics, pieces by friends, some min­i­mal­ist peren­ni­als and con­tem­po­rary works that will leave you in no doubt about his tech­ni­cal prow­ess. It’s the lat­ter cat­e­gory – es­pe­cially Don­nacha Den­nehy’s Paddy and Ne­bo­jsa Jo­van Zivkovic’s Gen­er­ally Spo­ken It’s Noth­ing But Rhythm – that leave the strongest im­pres­sion. Least sat­is­fac­tory are the two pair­ings with other in­stru­ments (vi­o­lin, pi­ano), where the ef­fect is of a chalk and cheese mix­ture. But Petcu’s flu­ency and mu­si­cian­ship are never in doubt.

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