Nikos Skalkottas is a composer I was completely unfamiliar with, but he's a fascinating figure. He studied with Schoenberg in Berlin and then returned to his native Greece where he was unfortunately never recognised and he died in relative poverty and obscurity. The two Suites we recorded here are full of energy and grittiness, despite their brevity, they pack quite a punch!
And to complete the CD we play Ravel's wonderful Sonata (which was in fact premiered by Enescu) and Tzigane. (Nicholas Rimmer)