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Piano Reflections is, as its title implies, a sequence of ruminative pieces (generally but not invariably slow), all of which are easy on the ear. This is Shanghai-born pianist Ji Liu’s debut album. The booklet is high on photos of the pianist and includes a biography, but gives nothing at all about the music itself. There is little special here. Everything is well executed, but nothing more. The performance of the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a little heavy. There is at least a complete sonata here: Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’, which suffers in comparison with Fazil Say above – and most others to boot – in its anonymity. Best is the music of Ji Liu’s country (Autumn Moon over Calm Lake by Wencheng). Even the Saint-Saëns Danse macabre transcription (based on Liszt/Horowitz) fails to take off.

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