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Dominico Severin gives an authoritative performance of Mendelssohn’s Sonatas, with plenty of virtuosity saved up for the more dramatic sixth sonata. The French Rinckenbach/Gaillard instrument proves a convincing match for the music, although for my taste Severin’s weighty registrations, combined with very liberal rubato, detract from the organic sense of development in the fugues – the rich gravitas is welcome elsewhere, but the 32ft reed often overstays its welcome. Most enjoyable are the charmingly intimate slow movements. Liner notes are provided, but only in French.

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