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A generous programme of encores – even those selected, arranged or even composed by so strong a character as Mstislav Rostropovich – might seem bitty. But Gerhard is so persuasive, and the disc planned with so much care, that listeners may be startled to realise they have just listened to the entire disc. Unsurprisingly, there is much Russian music – Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky all appear more than once – but Debussy, Ravel, Chopin and Sinding all contribute to a varied and imaginative sequence. Gerhardt is at his very best here, more than a match for his mentor, ably matched by Becker and with superb Hyperion sound.

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