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There is no doubting Khatia Buniatishvili’s talent, and this is an intelligently cast disc, but the fact is she enters a tough arena and there is not enough here to justify a collector’s outlay. She is certainly a sensitive player (as the Op 64/2 Waltz demonstrates perfectly), and she is gifted with an enviable fluency of technique. Yet she just does not wear the music fully.

The contrasts of the Sonata’s first movement are not demarcated enough; the finale is a technical tour-de-force, but so dry it sounds like a pre-echo of a Nancarrow etude. The concerto seems to suit her well, but compare her Larghetto with the likes of Pires and Argerich and the loss of fantasy is palpable. The A minor Mazurka acts as an enigmatic encore. An interesting disc, but perhaps Buniatishvili has put the works down too early in her career.

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