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This speaks of a real labour of love. Ullmann, murdered by the Nazis in 1944, was both a musical magpie and a meticulous craftsman, and his seven piano sonatas chart both great personal development and emotional range. Sirodeau captures every nuance of the cycle, from the jazzy Berg of the first and Prokofiev-meets-Scriabin of the second to the all-encompassing, almost autobiographical seventh, written in Terezin shortly before Ullman was dispatched to Auschwitz. As heartbreaking as it is rewarding, and urgently recommended.

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