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The value of this package lies in the DVD. The CD is really a sampler, with sonata and concerto movements set next to single items extracted from sets. De la Salle’s rendition of Ravel’s Une barque sur l’océan is miraculously controlled and the Schubert/Liszt Ständchen is a miracle of intimacy, while her Prokofiev (two items) and Liszt ‘Mazeppa’ Etude show her wild side. For Jean-Philippe Perrot’s film, De la Salle plays to an empty hall (the Théâtre des bouffes du Nord in Paris). It seems a fitting setting for the desolation of Funérailles and, in particular, Nuages gris (in the latter, she approaches Pollini’s sense of mysterious hopelessness). De la Salle takes her Steinway to dynamic extremes. The effect is harrowing in the ‘Dante’ Sonata, where her evident virtuosity targets a visceral depiction of Hades. The Schumann is magnificently multicoloured, a great interpretation (confirming the impression of a Wigmore concert in 2009); the Chopin acts as a profound encore.

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