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First issued in 1977 this ranks among the greatest of all debut recordings; an astonishing feat of towering strength and musical conviction. Both Reubke (whose tragic death at the age of 24 robbed the world of a major talent) and Busoni offer daunting tributes to Liszt, making this coupling as apt as it is enterprising. Hamish Milne’s pacing of every teeming note, let alone phrase, allows for a gloriously full unfolding of so much dazzling rhetoric. As both works roar to their massive close the mind reels at Milne’s unfaltering focus and command. Opulent in both recorded sound and performance this re-issue is a memorable tribute to ‘a memorable session’ (Milne).

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