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Perhaps because of its prosaic title (Three Piano Pieces), Schubert’s D946 remains under-recorded and performed for its stature, despite the support of such luminaries as Pollini. Yet these are substantial and magnificent pieces. McCawley gives an impetuous, febrile account of the first – tormented, even; plus, he has the intelligence to think in the long lines these works demand.

Of the song selection of five Lieder arranged by Liszt, which form a central panel to the recital, Du bist di Ruh is most remarkable for its interior expression. As to the generally fast Wanderer Fantasy, it is full of intelligent observation but doesn’t quite sustain the argument across its span; here McCawley’s impetuosity is somewhat misplaced. An ambitious Schubert disc, creditably done.

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