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Following on from Ko’s recording of music by Hilary Tann for Centaur, this fascinating recital holds a very special performance of Suk’s O Matince (About Mother). It comes into competition with both Kvapil and Moravec, but Ko holds her own, particularly in the striking ‘When mother was a young girl’, and the astonishingly beautiful ‘Once upon a Spring’.

John Liberatore’s Variations and Fugue on a Scottish Folk Song, after F J Haydn begins like a distorted Scarlatti sonata and contains a Bachian capriccio; the original folktune comes into focus at the end of the piece. Ko has the complete measure of the work, as she does for Gilad Rabinovitch’s …star dazzling me, live and elate…, with its quotations from Mahler and Messiaen.

The Schumann is well played and paced, a good but not great performance and with such competition (Nat, Gutiérrez for example) it is for the other works one should purchase the disc.

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