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This ninth issue in the Harmonia Nova series spotlights the young Georgian composer-pianist Sandro Nebieridze (b 2001). His technique has been well honed, as can be heard in the two sonatas, very different works though they are. It is perhaps no surprise that there are few new insights in either work, though he brings out the lyrical elements in the Rachmaninov Second Sonata rather well. The Prokofiev Fourth Sonata is less compelling an interpretation, though in some senses its expressive demands are greater.

It is harder to get a real feel for Nebieridze’s pianism from the collection of shorter pieces that fill up the disc. Rachmaninov’s Vocalise may be less overplayed than it once was, but it is a lovely inspiration which Nebieridze caresses with finesse. The two Études-tableaux (from a set of nine) as well as the four extracts from Romeo and Juliet – which he plays rather well – provide snapshots of his musicianship, but it would have been more instructive to hear the whole sets with their full range of contrasts.

Still, a not unimpressive debut. Shame the resonant acoustic sounds like it was recorded in a barn.

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