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Op. 25’s highlights include fleet, supple, and ravishingly phrased accounts of Nos. 2 and 4, a sweeping and big-boned No. 12, plus a perky, pointed No. 9 “Butterfly” Etude where Rana tosses off the final notes softly and in tempo, just as Chopin indicates.
A ClassicsToday 10/10! Highlights here include a superb Symphony No. 5 and interpretations of Nos. 7 and 8 in which Andrew Penny sets tempos that allow Arnold’s fanciful orchestrations to register with maximum color and impact.
A Gramophone Editor's Choice! This is a wonderful achievement and a marvel of sustained artistry: subtle, intelligent performances, impeccably prepared and movingly executed.
Capuçon throws down the gauntlet with a searingly intense performance of Tabula rasa. The playing is impeccably controlled yet fiercely expressive. Capuçon reveals a keen instinct for timing and structural balance as he and his fellow musicians breathe as one.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable disc. Most of the recordings were made at the same sessions as the first two volumes so you’ll not be surprised to learn that the performance standards are entirely in keeping with those excellent earlier discs.
The performances are consistently excellent. The tunes themselves are fine ones and VW’s sympathy for and delight in his material is never in doubt. The recorded sound is excellent, with a particularly pleasing balance between singers and the piano.
The songs on this present disc could scarcely receive better advocacy. All three singers enter fully into the spirit of the songs and sing them with commitment and, as you’d expect, a high degree of skill.