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As a testament to a great musician in his prime, this is another recital rescued from the vaults (and, astonishingly, mostly new to CD). Prokofiev’s second is less barnstorming than usual, to great effect, while the eighth is stunningly spacious, a welcome demonstration of titanic technique put solely at the service of the music. Oddly, Berman plays just nine of the ten pieces Prokofiev transcribed from Romeo and Juliet: nevertheless, this is unmissable.

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