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Any classical disc that boasts the word ‘fuckin’ (sic) on the inside front cover (as part of a Bob Dylan quote), then programmes choice masterworks of the 20th century alongside Bach/Busoni and Bach/Kurtág, can’t be bad. Couple this strong statement of intent with Wass’s astonishingly sensitive and intelligent playing, and the result is an out and out winner. This is what CD programming should be about: unexpected, stimulating and musically satisfying. The gorgeously occluded Bach/Kurtág items (where Wass is joined by a second pianist, Ron Abramski) are the perfect bookends; the sudden ending to the first track leads perfectly into the Berg Sonata, which Wass shapes beautifully, rivalling Uchida’s wonderful account. The Barber, heard in the shade of Busoni’s Fantasia nach JS Bach, emerges as darker than usual. The performance is masterly, the crowning glory of the disc. The Beethoven Bagatelles are delivered with chameleon-like sensitivity.

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