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This is actually two discs in one box from two companies (one Decca, one Deutsche Grammophon). The all-Chopin CD 2 is the Decca release. The first four items of this disc reveal a pianist unafraid to mix familiar with less so; to extract a single Etude (Op 10 No 8 in F major) and set it against a larger expanse. So it is that the teasing Rondo à la mazur, in a wonderfully fluent, spontaneous performance, is set against the Op 18 Grande valse brillante in a reading that mixes delicious hiatus with a properly leggeiro touch.

The Etude is light and technically amazing but perhaps not fantastical, very much a

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