Felix Draeseke`s description of Nicodé as `more a moderate progressive than a cacophonist` - in contrast to his younger contemporary Richard Strauss - may have been intended as a compliment, but doesn`t begin to do justice to this profoundly enjoyable music, its several influences (most notably Schumann) never far away.
What is beyond doubt is that Nicodé wrote idiomatically, even brilliantly for the piano. Possibly the biggest takeaway of this release, however, is the superb artistry of Simon Callaghan…It is a pleasure to encounter his solo work. Clearly a musician of curiosity and discernment, Callaghan’s robust piano-playing is also thoughtful, subtle and refined. Gramophone
Little-known music presented by a practised musician and with deep-rooted conviction. MusicWeb