BBC Music Magazine - - Instrumental - Re­viewed by Jes­sica Duchen

Rach­mani­nov Fi­nal Edi­son and First Victor

Record­ings Naxos 8.111408 (1919-23) 78:37 mins Mirac­u­lous play­ing by Rach­mani­nov, in­clud­ing a ten­der Tchaikovsky ‘Troika’, a smoky ac­count of his C sharp mi­nor Pre­lude, grace­ful Chopin and a break­neck Men­delssohn ‘Spin­ning Song’. Sound is amaz­ing at nearly 100 years old. ★★★★★

Schu­bert Pi­ano Sonatas; Wan­derer Fan­tasie Har­mo­nia Mundi Gold HMG 501789-90 (1998) 147:20 mins (2 discs)

Alain Planès com­bines in­tel­lect and po­etry and makes a per­sua­sive case for a tricky work in D537, plenty of vir­tu­oso magic in the Wan­derer Fan­tasy and un­com­pro­mis­ing dark­ness of soul in D784. ★★★★

The Great Dan­ish Pi­anist Victor Schiøler Dana­cord DACOCD 781/782 (1942-57) 155:53 mins Victor Schiøler’s play­ing is beau­ti­fully imag­ined yet down-to-earth. In Beethoven’s Kreutzer his part­ner­ship with Telmányi is a joy. Vari­able trans­fers. ★★★★

Villa-lo­bos Ci­ran­das; Bachi­anas Brasileiras No. 4, etc. Kurtág Játékok – se­lec­tions DUX 1388 (2004) 49:31 mins

Maria Ines Guimarães’s programme, clev­erly themed around homage be­tween com­posers and Kurtág’s quirky Játékok pieces, il­lu­mi­nate Villa-lo­bos’s quirky na­ture. Forth­right per­for­mances. ★★★

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