Geoffrey Bush

COMPOSERS: Geoffrey Bush
LABELS: J Martin Stafford
WORKS: Suite; Epigrams; Sonatina No. 1; Sonatina No. 2; Four Pieces for Piano, Set 2; Suite champêtre; Novelette; Nocturne and Toccata; Whydah Variations; Matthew’s Tunes; Rudi’s Blues
PERFORMER: Eric Parkin (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: JMSCD 3 DDD (from 298 Blossomfield Rd, Solihull, W Midlands B91 1TH; tel 0121 711 1975)
Bush’s music belongs to a gentle branch of the ‘wrong note’ school, solidly tonal with discords here and there, and pleasant enough in a derivative sort of way. This is a collection of miniatures; it seems unbelievable that the extraordinarily archaic Suite champêtre was written in the Nineties. The admirable Eric Parkin does his best with this bland repertoire. Wadham Sutton