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Mushel was a pianist and composer who taught at the Conservatory in the remote region of Tashkent in Uzbekistan. His Toccata comes from a Suite on Uzbek folk melodies. If the Slonimsky work conjures up savage dancers, in the Mushel they mount their steeds and ride off furiously, exhilarated by its driving, pounding rhythm.

Program notes © 2009, Dame Gillian Weir