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This is a magnificent disc and my clear pick of the crop for this issue. Ewa Kupiec plays this music with unfailing authority and technical mastery. The recording has stunning presence and definition. Lutosławski’s Piano Sonata dates from 1954 but was not published until 2004. There are few recordings available, and Kupiec goes straight to the top of the pile. Various influences are discernible: Chopin, Szymanowski and Bartók, but the work retains its own integrity. Kupiec projects the varied terrain of the central Adagio perfectly and her touch in the finale is simply beautiful, nowhere more so than in the final gesture, as the music floats away into nothingness. She also plays the Etudes (contemporaneous with the famous Paganini Variations) with panache. The rest of the disc is taken up almost exclusively by music for young people, delivered with style and grace. Recommended.

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