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Perhaps it is not the best idea for manifestos to be printed with a mix of font and background that renders them near-unreadable. A pity, too, the recording lacks presence, with somewhat muffled bass, as Thereza’s readings are mature and compelling. She revels in the expanse of Brahms’ Second Ballade and there is a splendid sense of impulsiveness to the Third.

Chopin’s set of Four Ballades offers a more varied take on the form, decidedly narrational. Thereza allows the slower sections to unfold naturally, bringing out the inner voices. The intelligently textured Second is her highlight, featuring elemental explosions of raw emotion.

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