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The recent revival of interest in Louise Farrenc’s music has unearthed a composer of stature, her Third Symphony in particular enjoying popularity. Here, Polk reveals some of Farrenc’s superbly crafted piano music.

A charming Air Russe varié launches the disc, while Farrenc’s ever-so-French way with found material ( from Bellini’s Norma and Souvenir des Huguenots) is mirrored by Polk’s legerdemain. Excerpts from the composer’s Etudes Op 26 explore a variety of characters and styles, from breathlessly comedic to quasi-Schubertian, mournful aria to fugue. Polk’s dedication and pianistic command is complete, the recording first rank.

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