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Eric Lu is an impressive pianist: he recently presented a fine Beethoven Fourth in London with the Lille Orchestra, while his Mozart at last year’s Proms revealed a freshness of approach and delivery.

Lu’s first studio album opens with an account of Chopin’s Préludes that exudes this same sense of discovery. His emotional depth and dynamic range are particularly striking, bringing light and shade to everything he touches: the E minor prelude is a mini-tone poem; the F-sharp minor, Molto agitato, melts into something luminous. Brahms’ beautiful Intermezzo leads naturally to the Schumann (both in E-flat). Lu has all the Innigkeit required; it is Schumann’s unexpected harmonic twists, lit as if from within, that is the album’s summit. Truly magical.

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