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Following on from Brahms in Hamburg, this ‘Vienna’ offering is more of a mixed bag. The recording is warm but the bass is somewhat muffled; momentum also flags in the G minor Ballade. It is a nice idea to separate the two Op 79 pieces by a chorale prelude, the organ Op 122/1 transcribed by Nada herself and persuasively played. The B minor Ballade feels as if Nada has hit her stride, impeccable and beautiful; the Waltzes are nicely shaded and show a real grasp of the set, especially the autumnal 12th. Finally, a fine performance of the Variations Op 21/1, if not one of enough colour and subtlety to displace Plowright on BIS. A mixed offering.

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