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Lise de la Salle is slowly but surely building up a highly impressive discography. Her recordings of Liszt, Ravel and Prokofiev in particular show the stamp of great artistry. Her Schumann does not disappoint. Every movement of Kinderszenen is impeccably characterised, with wonderful contrast between Wichtige Begebenheit and Träumerei and a properly exploratory Der Dichter spricht. Eclipsing this, though, is a stunning performance of the lesser-known Abegg Variations (Schumann’s Op 1), with De la Salle’s consummate technique in full service of Schumann’s taxing writing. For the Fantasie, Salle takes on any number of comers (Pollini, Brendel and Uchida spring immediately to mind). Her imagination, not least in the sheer variety of her tone, is magnificent. The finale is surprisingly swift, yet remains a poignant song without words.

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