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Swiss-born Christiane Baume-Sanglard and the Romanian Dana Ciocarlie have been playing as a duo since 2007 and their mutual understanding is evident in every invigorating bar of this duet recital. Grieg’s four Norwegian Dances (1881) are a delightful set, full of humour and joie de vivre, reflected in this sparkling performance. The composer’s Valse-Caprices (1883) offer a different, more cosmopolitan side to his character, delivered with equal élan. Hans Huber’s By the Lake of Lucerne (1879) owe much to Brahmsian models but sound fun to play, as do Helena Winkelman’s spikier Three Swiss Dances (2013), with their drumming effects and playing directly on the strings, all achieved with pinpoint accuracy. Most heartening of all, perhaps, are Max Bruch’s alternately exquisite and strong Swedish Dances (1892). A delightful disc with superb sound.

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