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This is the gem of my selection for this issue. Uhlig has embarked on a project to record all of Schumann’s piano pieces on 15 discs. He is a true visionary (as anyone familiar with his Black Box CD Venezia, featuring music by Wagner, Chopin, Galuppi, Alkan et al., will know). In Papillons, Uhlig seems alive to every nuance. His playing is full of cheeky staccatos and evinces a great sense of fluidity, line and texture. There follow an exquisitely planned sequence of short pieces related in various ways to Op 2, forming a magical musical appendix. Every item in this enterprise, no matter how small, is clearly a labour of love. The Op 28 Romanzen find Schumann focused on weightier matters and again they are ideally shaped by Uhlig, while Op 4 adds drama and virtuosity to the mix.

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