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A pupil of Maria Curcio (herself a pupil of Schnabel), Angela Brownridge clearly has a deep love and knowledge of these hallowed scores. However, though everything is carefully considered and her technique delivers the most fearsome passages with ease, it is the core engagement with these works that is missing. While Op 2/3 reveals a performer concerned with detail her performance is not really involving, particularly in the Scherzo – though her finale is more multi-faceted than most. The Appassionata reveals excellent pedal work, and the coda of the first movement and the finale are preternaturally clear; but the energy is lukewarm, the performance as a whole studio-bound. The E major contains the finest playing on the disc in its Prestissimo, but again the listener is not carried along. A disappointing release, despite a wonderful recording.

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