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This is a true pianistic voyage of discovery, led by the Ukrainian-Lebanese pianist Tatiana Primak-Khoury. From the traditional music of the Middle East (informing Anis Funeihan’s Ninth Piano Sonata) to the immensely powerful tragedy of Houtaf Khoury’s Piano Sonata No 3 ‘Pour un instant perdu…’ the choice of music on this disc never fails to inspire and educate.

Two pieces by Boghos Gelalian are featured: Tre Circli, a mix of circular form and Armenian rhythm; and the fetching Canzon e Toccata. Georges Baz’ Esquisses are influenced by French music, while Toufic Succar’s delicious Variations sur un Theme Oriental takes a jaunty Palestinian song and plays with it beautifully. Primak-Khoury’s touch is delightful. Her chameleon-like way of honouring the emotional character of each piece is her great strength. Beautifully recorded, this is a real find.

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