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This engaging disc of fortepiano duos comes as a breath of fresh air. It shows how the technology has developed over 180 years (mostly for the better) and how the earlier fortepiano was a very different-sounding machine. With the possible exception of Liszt, the five composers here would, I suspect, have been much more comfortable with the charming clangour of the fortepiano than the more homogenised modern instrument. Fukuda and Koch audibly relish playing the music as the composer’s audiences would have heard them – including adding improvisatory flourishes in Moscheles and Mendelssohn’s part-improvised Duo Concertant (1833). Hiller’s Grand Duet (1835) is a work of some depth and a real find. A fascinating disc, nicely recorded.

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