Dai Fujikura (Sleeping ashes and Echo within)
Basil Athanasiadess (Anamnisis)
fonorum 8003 [2006, 47 mins: € 15 from fonorum]
Aleksander Szram is representative of the best of the gifted and accomplished young musicians of the internet generation.
He has nailed his colours to the mast with a debut recording of recent pieces which excite him, by colleagues and friends - several of them with Trinity College of Music connections - and of whom only Dai Fujikura's name has yet become widely known (links to their individual websites above). It is commercially dubious, but shows he is his own man.
Szram has extensive experience as accompanist for prestigious international masterclasses; he is also a harpsichordist and his activities include electroacoustic composition and improvisation...
Short measure, even though at mid-price; a brave and notably personal disc which merits wider attention than it is likely to receive.
Peter Grahame Woolf
see also Tim Rutherford-Johnson in The Rambler http://johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com/2007/11/12/cd-review-aleksander-szram-into-the-21st-century-fonorum/