Strauss: Five Piano Pieces, Op. 3; Sonata for solo piano, Op. 5; Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9

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COMPOSERS: Strauss
LABELS: Koch Schwann
WORKS: Five Piano Pieces, Op. 3; Sonata for solo piano, Op. 5; Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9
PERFORMER: Stefan Vladar (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 3-6530-2
Fitting neatly on to a single disc, the young Strauss’s surviving piano works are likeable when imitating Schumann and Mendelssohn in the mood-pieces, less so Beethoven in the Sonata. Vladar preserves a vital freshness throughout; both piano and recorded sound have an admirable limpidity. David Nice

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