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Born in Minsk and based in Scandinavia, pianist Julia Sigova offers an imaginative programme, brilliantly performed. Her Tchaikovsky Dumka is beautifully shaped, while the Rachmaninov Études-Tableaux Op 33 are rendered with a lovely sense of yearning, intelligent pedalling and pure textures. Each is individually characterised: No 3 seems to have the weight of the world on its shoulders; No 6 is a triumph of prestidigitation. Sigova brings a crystalline touch to Prokofiev’s Sarcasms but is in

Shchedrin that she truly excels: his post- Prokofiev Humoresque rubs shoulders with À la Albéniz, a glittering explosion followed by decidedly deconstructionist frolickery. Sigova’s Yamaha piano is superbly prepared, particularly in the upper register.

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