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Hewitt bookends this connoisseur’s collection with Fauré’s two longest works for solo piano – the Theme and Variations and the Ballade.

In between we hear the first two of the Valses-caprices and her three favourite Nocturnes – Nos. 5, 6 and 13. She brings not just an intimate grasp of the music’s harmonic and technical demands, but an essential refinement – most evident in the Theme and Variations, in which she finds élan, lightness and grandeur without overemphasising the differences between the 11 variations. As for the Valses-caprices, you can’t mistake Hewitt’s delight in the playful passage-work.

Fauré

Piano music

Angela Hewitt

(Hyperion)

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