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Little known in the UK, this veteran Hungarian pianist has made relatively few recordings, including a number of perceptive, rigorous Chopin discs and a gloriously unsentimental Brahms concerto under the late Zoltán Kocsis. The current disc plays very much to his strengths, this is old-school playing with a virtuosity placed solely at the service of the music. The Schumann is big-boned and, while there are a number of technical imperfections, ranks among the most convincing reading of recent years. If the Liszt is slightly less impressive, it has an electricity and freedom that command attention. The ear soon adapts to the resonant acoustic.

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