Canadian pianist composer Stewart Goodyear continues to stamp his distinctive brand on works old and new in his latest collection, Phoenix, mixing up some Debussy and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with contemporary composers Jennifer Higdon and Anthony Davis, all bookended by two of his own entertaining pieces.

Stewart Goodyear

Best known in North America for his mammoth concert performances of Beethoven’s complete sonatas, word of the 43-year-old’s prowess has been slow to trickle out to the wider world, but his impressive discography is now available here. Thoughtful programming is the key to all of Goodyear’s work. Higdon’s sprawling, impressionistic Secret and Glass Gardens leads pleasingly into the murky depths of Debussy’s The Sunken Cathedral – two works where the light shines through a watery prism.

More fiery is Davis’s Middle Passage , inspired by a Robert Hayden poem about slave ships and a culture born of exploitation, its disturbing trills and arpeggios leading perfectly into a dazzling performance of...