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Dvorak * Janacek * Suk: Dvorak Nocturne, Op 40 B48a. Romantic Pieces, Op 75 B150 Janacek Violin Sonata. Allegro. Dumka. Romance Suk Four Pieces, Op 17

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Dvorak * Janacek * Suk: Dvorak Nocturne, Op 40 B48a. Romantic Pieces, Op 75 B150 Janacek Violin Sonata. Allegro. Dumka. Romance Suk Four Pieces, Op 17

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Dvorak * Janacek * Suk

Dvorak Nocturne, Op 40 B48a. Romantic

Pieces, Op 75 B150 Janacek Violin Sonata.

Allegro. Dumka. Romance Suk Four Pieces, Op 17

Jennifer Pike vn Tom Poster pf

Chandos (F) CHAN10827 (70' * DDD)

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Jennifer Pike may only be 24 but she's already an established figure on the music scene and, together with her regular pianist Tom Poster, she has been releasing interestingly programmed discs. This latest one is no exception, consisting of pieces by Janacek, Dvorak and Suk, some real rarities.

She is particularly alluring in Dvorak's Romantic Pieces, by turns intimate, consoling and confiding--and always beautifully controlled. In the final Larghetto, for instance, she really draws you into her world, with Poster minutely reactive and matching well her haloed sound.

The Suk, too, is compelling, even though she's up against competition from the composer himself. Her quieter playing in the Quasi ballata first piece is a particular delight, while she gives the composer himself a run for his money in the dashing Appassionato, though few could match the way he 'vocalises' the differing phrases. …

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