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This is magnificent Schumann playing. Right from the off, Klara Min’s affinity with this composer is never in doubt. Just as importantly, she takes risks: allowing the more ruminative passages proper space offers profundity.

Min’s pearly articulation enables Kreisleriana to sparkle. She cherishes the inner voices, though never preciously; this is very intelligent playing. In a charming introductory note, Min describes her journey to Schumann: it was not love at first hearing (unlike with Chopin) but the revelations came gradually.

To say this is a crowded field is a huge understatement, yet time and again Min fascinates. Her Carnaval is technically superb and interpretatively gripping, exhibiting stunning variety and creating a real sense of satisfying climax at the end.

Min’s brief but insightful YouTube video, ‘Schumann: the genius of the inner voices’ offers further insights, referring, memorably, to a ‘flower blooming from the inside out’. A revelatory disc.

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