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The death of Terrence Judd at age 22 in 1979 robbed the music world of a remarkably talented pianist, as revealed in Chandos' second volume of solo works culled by Bryce Morrison from surviving live performances. His Scarlatti K. 39 sonata sparkles with assurance, while pinpointed rhythm and freshness of line characterize the pianist's deliciously turned Haydn C minor sonata XVI:20. Judd's Bach B-flat minor Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 is pianistically conceived from a coloristic standpoint, yet it's always tasteful and musical. The dry-eyed Tchaikovsky "By the Hearth" (from The Seasons) differs from the imaginative contrasts and diverse characterizations the pianist brings to the same composer's
Original Theme and Variations. Judd's reticent, foursqaure account of Scriabin's Op. 42 No. 5 Etude doesn't prepare you for a Rachmaninov Etude-tableau Op. 39 No. 9 that's no less nimble and incisive than Richter's.
Tatiana Kazhaeva's Prelude and Invention was composed for the 1978 Tchaikovsky Competition. Judd handles its brooding Shostakovich opening section and concluding Prokofiev-meets-Hindemith virtuoso writing with the same nonchalant power and lack of bombast he applies to the real Prokofiev's Suggestion diabolique. The recital concludes with an exquisite, multi-layered Ravel La Vallée des cloches. Keyboard connoisseurs will easily hear past the occasionally thin sonics and variable pianos and get right to the heart of some very special music making.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less
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