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Peter Hewitt is an extremely sensitive player. Listen to how the Mazurka Op 7/1 emerges as more chameleon than most, telling a story; Op 7/2 wends its lachrymose way; Op 33/4 is beautifully sculpted. The prevailing impression in this presentation of 24 Mazurkas is one of calm and utmost preparation.

It is with the longest Mazurka here, the C minor Op 56/3, that one gets a sense of what Hewitt’s Chopin might be like on a larger canvas. The piece seems to encapsulate the hypnotic heart of this music while presenting a sense of inevitability and rightness. Other highlights include a nicely variegated No 20 and delicate F major Op 68/3. Hewitt’s other releases for the LITmus label indicate a player of curiosity and intelligence (Strauss’ Enoch Arden, for example). Well recorded, this is most stimulating playing.

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