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Left-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy presents his own and others’ arrangements of well-known works in this well-presented and well-recorded album.

The performances are variable, a rather awkward Rachmaninov/McCarthy Prelude in G minor Op 23/5 leading to a nondescript Frederic Meinders arrangement of Sheep may safely graze. Meinders also arranges the Rachmaninov song Spring waters Op 14/11, but McCarthy’s performance sags; the one-hand version of the Bach/Siloti Prelude in B minor BWV855a is similarly afflicted, a rather soulless procession of harmonic progressions.

The most atmospheric performance on the disc is of the Rachmaninov Prelude in B minor Op 32/10 arranged by James Marchard; the Bach/Brahms Chaconne again rather outstays its welcome.

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