Musical Opinion, James Palmer
Sacheverell Coke’s name will mean little to the general musical lover, but this new recording – the first to be devoted entirely to his music- should do much to rehabilitate a gifted and original British composer ( 1912-1972) who is almost completely neglected. Thanks to Simon Callaghan’s very fine pianism (regular readers will recall his excellent feature on the composer in the last issue) we now have a very good opportunity of rediscovering a composer whose music certainly does not deserve the scandalous neglect it has suffered in the 40-odd years since his death. Coke was a fine pianist himself, a friend of Rachmaninoff, and a person who suffered from various conditions which held him back socially. But his is genuine music by a genuine composer, and this excellently- produced CD is very strongly recommended to lovers of British music of the period.