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Schulhoff’s powerful, closely argued Third Sonata is performed with great clarity, both texturally and interpretatively. Gutman fully understands the directionality but also the harmonic vocabulary of this music, and has full technical command of the fast passages. The funeral march is spellbinding.

Gutman is joined by Erika Le Roux for the four-hand Ironien, a Dadaesque kaleidoscope. From grossly distorted military march to foxtrot, this is a tour-de-force, superbly performed. Ensemble is remarkable between the two performers. Free of barlines and dynamic markings, the Klavierstücke Op 30 have a palpable freedom, while the Op 35 Musik für Klavier is introspective and peaceful. Finally, the 11 Inventionen Op 36, again barline- free and occupying a truly capricious, post- Schoenbergian space.

Throughout, Gutman’s sense of clean articulation pays huge dividends in this music. A fabulous disc, and a superb complement to Stott’s BIS disc, Hot Music.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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