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Published: 12 February 2018 12 February 2018

"The Baley piece was a Nocturnal, fifth in the series...It was attractive, drawing on the filigree of Chopin and the nature-noises of Bartok's night music in a flittering, dissonant idiom."

 

— Will Crutchfield, The New York Times


"Happily...her program took a turn for the new, first with Virko Baley's 'Nocturnal No. 5,' composed for her in 1980. This is a truly independent and intriguing kind of piece, its concept proceeding from the polytextual motets of the Renaissance. The piano sustains four voices as separate identities in counterpoint...discrete plucked tones in the bass, a running patter of a melody, and above that, sparkling 'night music' events...Spitzer's performance was a tour de force. Her considerable musical and pianistic powers are at their best with such a challenge."

 

— Robert Commanday, San Franscisco Chronicle