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Kapell was killed in a plane crash aged just 31 and his recordings provide a tantalising glimpse into the artist he could have become. This lovingly remastered set adds significantly to his posthumous discography, and speaks of a refined musician for whom detail and clarity were as important as expressive warmth. Mozart’s K330 sonata is crisp and buoyant in outer movements, unsentimentally lyrical in the second. Both Children’s Corner and Suite bergamasque show him to have been a Debussian of rare insight, and a Strauss Burleske from Pittsburgh (learnt in a week) belies Kapell’s apparent dissatisfaction with it. Few allowances need to be made for the sound.

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