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Dieppa is a past winner of the Pro-Arte Hungarica award for his performances of Liszt and opens this new disc with a compelling account of the Notturno from Liebesträume. The Colombian pianist is also a composer and includes two of his own ‘Inspirations’ that combine Lisztian virtuosity and chromaticism with a Latin American sensibility in arrangements of Bésame Mucho and Jobim’s Insensatez. Popular classics by Beethoven and Debussy complete a collection described flamboyantly as ‘a deep, late evening epicurean sensual voyage’, though Dieppa’s rendering of these works lacks the necessary fluidity or range colours to qualify as ‘sensual’. The close miking of the instrument is part of the issue, particularly in the opening movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and the slow movement from the Pathétique, where melodic lyricism suffers and accompanimental figuration tends to dominate. Debussy’s ‘La fille aux cheveux de lin’ from Préludes Book I has a pleasant sense of poise, but deserves a more languid reading.

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