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Poltéra is completely at home in Barber’s richly romantic concerto, finding tenderness and vitality with the deft support of Litton’s players. A performance such as this makes it all the more bewildering that the piece is not heard more often. The sonata is an earlier work, less certain of its step but just as rewarding, and here finding another perfectly idiomatic reading. With excellent sound, this makes an excellent addition to Poltéra’s series of single-composer discs for Bis.

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