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With a huge sound, enviable palette and undeniable technique, Lisiecki makes a strong case for many of these pieces. Strongest of all is the Andante spianato e Grande Polonaise brillante, a piece not short of fine recordings; weakest perhaps the Fantasy on Polish Airs – nevertheless it is good to have these, the Krakowiak and the La ci darem la mano Variations coupled in such polished performances. Lisiecki seems at pains to ‘sell’ even the lesser pieces, and so perhaps sounds less fresh than on his earlier disc of the concertos for the same label. But with fine, idiomatic support from orchestra and conductor in a natural, warm soundscape, this will appeal to listeners keen to explore beyond the two concertos.

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