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This is a very curious programme. György Kurtág’s ongoing series of miniatures Játékok (Games) has reached eight volumes, the most recent scored for piano duo. Taking their cue from Kurtág himself, a selection of nine Games are interspersed with the composer’s arrangements of Bach chorales (part of another ongoing series, known as Àtiratok). I find the juxtaposition here as in other recordings curiously unsatisfying, though this is no reflection on the performances which seem very well prepared. The penultimate track is Schubert’s great Fantasia in F minor D940. It takes up over a third of what is a very short disc and is very well played. The duration overall is quite fast (17’ 45”) where many rival accounts run to a minute or three longer. However, what it is doing in this programme I have not the slightest idea – though it does provide some welcome musical development.

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