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A somewhat maverick figure in 20th-century music, not unlike Friedrich Gulda, Kapustin sought to infuse his compositions with jazz – a policy which can hardly have endeared him to his elders and monitors in the Soviet Union. A fine pianist himself, he has recorded most of his own works; yet in this new disc Brain is every bit as dazzling and persuasive, and significantly better-recorded. At just under an hour, the cycle of Preludes is best dipped into rather than consumed as a whole, but it is a dip worth taking.

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