Delos releases Cursive, a selection of the composer's piano and chamber works featuring the extraordinary pianist Philip Edward Fisher performing six of the composers works for solo piano. Also featured is violinist Julia Sakharova in Ampersand, for violin and piano, and flutist Brandon Patrick George, violist Anne Lanzilotti and harpist Meredith Clark, in Pied-a-terre.
“The newest disc devoted to his music…shows the range of styles he incorporates with organic confidence into succinct pieces. The influences range from old masters to jazz, pop and other 20th-century sources but the music has a character of its own. All of the works but one feature piano, for which Hickey writes with a keen ear for texture and harmonic variety. … florid keyboard figurations… a shimmering study of instrumental relationships… disarming and mysterious…dream-like activity that seize the ear from top to bottom. …The performances are exemplary, especially those in which pianist Philip Edward Fisher reveals artistry of penetrating intensity and poetry. Whatever challenge Hickey sets before him, Fisher plays to the expressive and technical edge.” —Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone Magazine