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Pentatone has always been associated with superb recording quality; this is one of its finest. Crystal clarity meets a fine perspective to support Kozhukin’s musicality. Experience of this pianist has so far been mixed, a sterling live recital of Prokofiev’s last three sonatas (QEH 2013) muted by his lacklustre album of Tchaikovsky/Grieg (Pentatone).

The Ravel G major is ultra-beautiful, and holds one of the best recorded slow movements, with a perfectly distanced cor anglais. The Concerto for the LEFTHAND is given one of most tender and sumptuous performances on disc, Kozhukin in command throughout.

The Gershwin, a perfect bedfellow, is not so attuned, but is impetuous at heart, the finale full of energy. There is competition aplenty for all three works (Michelangeli, Argerich, Gavrilov, Previn), but this is a fine addition.

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