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A well-filled disc in which favourites rub shoulders with music by Japanese-American composer Higo Harada. The pianist is brave to begin with Beethoven’s Opus 109. Lewis-Griffith’s performance exhibits a light touch and the initial Vivace reveals high intellect at work. Musicality suffuses the Prestissimo, but the final Variations fail to plumb these great depths. The Harada piece, Sketch, reveals a Schoenbergian influence (Harada was a student of Leibowitz) while his Per Perpetuationi is a heady, well executed moto perpetuo.

Lewis-Griffith’s Gaspard de la nuit is notable for its care and clarity, while not as atmospheric as Pogorelich or Argerich in ‘Le gibet’; ‘Scarbo’ could benefit from a firmer bass in the recording and feels rather safe. While the famous Rachmaninov Prelude Op 32/12 sings well, it is the Clementi Sonata Op 24/2 that offers most interest (fans of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte will recognise the opening). The Chopin Ballade again comes up against multitudinous competition; Lewis-Griffith offers a musical, but rather low-voltage, performance.

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