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Luxembourgeois pianist Jean Muller, 33, is relatively unknown, as is his label, Fondamenta. It was a delight, then, to discover this Chopin recording; bristling with energy, fabulous technique and intellectual understanding. The recital programme is fairly standard – Ballades, Mazurkas and a couple of Waltzes, with the Largo in E flat minor and Polonaise in F sharp minor thrown in for good measure – but Muller makes all this sound surprisingly fresh. Like many of his contemporaries, Muller has supreme power and the ability to fly through virtuosic passages. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he knows how to harness this power. The sweeter passages never become saccharine; see: Ballade No 4. The recording quality is outstanding, the label provides two different versions with each album, the fidelity CD for high-fidelity audio systems, and the mobility CD, adapted for computers, nomad and car sound systems.

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