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Then-Bergh is little-known outside his native Germany, but his centenary this year has prompted a most welcome release. From a technically astonishing Bach/ Busoni chaconne from 1938 to a persuasive, pointed Reger concerto recorded for DG in stereo in 1958, the impression one has is of a thoughtful, responsive artist from whom we should have heard more. Handel has great clarity, Chopin poise, while best of all is Reger’s Telemann Variations, a searing, arch-like performance unlikely to be bettered. No allowances need to be made for the recorded sound, so expert are the transfers.

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