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Janina Fialkowska’s Chopin recordings have impressed in the past. This is her first Schubert offering, and introduces a level of Schubert that sits up there with the likes of Uchida, Cooper and Brendel. The piano recording is wonderfully faithful, enabling listeners to immerse themselves in Fialkowska’s wisdom. Her intimate way with D664 reveals the depth of Schubert’s thought, particularly in the pining near-stasis of the central Andante. The G major D894 is justly famous for its expansive first movement. Under Fialkowska’s fingers it never sounds long-winded; instead, ideas have space in which to stretch. Ornaments in the Andante emerge naturally; Fialkowska is clearly as attuned to Schubert as she is to Chopin. Rusticity informs the Menuetto, a trait which bleeds nicely into the finale. Recommended.

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