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The latest volume of Canadian pianist Louis Lortie’s fine Chopin series mixes Mazurkas and Polonaises, encompassing both early and late periods.

Lortie brings life to the four Op 6 Mazurkas, each of which seems to have its own voice while being part of the set. The Op 67 set glistens, too, the second a beautifully interior riposte to the first. Rhythmically, Lortie is spot- on, supported by a fine Potton Hall recording from Jonathan Cooper and Alex James.

Lortie has a keen awareness of Chopin’s musical journey and increasing sophistication. The solo piano version of the Op 2 Hommage à Mozart is a delight, while the deliciously dark C minor Polonaise Op 40/1 holds sudden chords that register as cries of pain. A fine disc.

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