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The Schloss vor Husum Festival is now in its 27th year. Danacord releases an annual highlights disc, and the 2012 edition brings together six relatively unknown pianists (though Hubert Rutkowski did appear on Volume 21) and one duo in some truly off-the-beaten-track repertoire – though Liszt’s Beethoven transcription and Szymanowski’s Mazurka are hardly strangers to the recorded catalogue. The 20 items are not equally divided between the performers. Sofj a Gülbadamova has some 30 of the almost 80 minutes allotted to her – half of them devoted to a fine account of Fauré’s Ballade – while Sandro Rosso has a measly 4’35” for two Scarlatti Sonatas reworked by Granados. Claude Delvincourt’s gastronomic trifles prove to be amuses-bouches, indeed, while Adolf Gutmann’s Nocturne is pleasingly Chopinesque. All the performances are well executed, though the programme as a whole is something of a ragbag, as might be expected.

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