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Now 30 years old, the Husum Festival continues to flourish. Filled to the brim, this disc celebrates the 2016 festival, commencing with some fragranced ‘Chaminade’ (Les Sylvains) from Blanchard. Eckhardstein presents a varied group of five, moving from misty Fauré and Casadesus via Alexandrov to a playful Reubke Scherzo and the Brassin transcription of Wagner’s ‘Magic Fire Music’.

The playing of Chochieva is particularly sensitive in her excellent coupling of Liszt (Hymne de la nuit) and delicate Medtner (Canzona serenata). The well-loved pianist Martin Jones is mesmeric in Rachmaninov/ Wild songs; but it is Rutkowski’s performance of a Moniuszko song transcribed by Ignaz Friedman that truly entrances. The heady music of Theordore Kirchner in two contrasting Nachtbilder is a treat in Novak’s hands, and it’s good to have Britten (Holiday Diary excerpts) superbly played by Yasynskyy. Moog contrasts Reger’s late, Chopinesque Träume am Kamin with Scarlatti/Tausig.

The show-stopping delights? The Mozart/ Busoni Magic Flute Overture (Grau/ Schumacher) and Hough’s arrangement of My Favourite Things. Delicious.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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