This CD provides a nice sampling over a broad stylistic swath of the 20th century.
The only overarching theme seems to be that these are pieces that Peter Serkin likes to play. That's a lucky thing for the listener. These are excellent pieces and their performance indicates yet again that the Serkin genome has expressed itself nobly for another generation. None of the pieces is lengthy: in that regard the novice listener can explore new music without overextending. The experienced listener will enjoy it even more. There are some gems in here, including a languid(!) piece by Wuorinen, a dandy Toccato by Wolpe, lovely Takemitsu, aggressive Messiaen and much more. The playing is precise and impassioned. The recording is clear and intimate. It's a keeper.