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"Carolyn Kotok's debut CD deserves to bring her musicianship to a wider public.
She launches into the revised version of Rachmaninov's Second Sonata at the start of the CD, immediately proclaiming her technical confidence and love of Rachmaninov's language. Passion and brilliance inhabit the outer movements while the central Lento is distinguished by gradations of dynamics and colouration of the melodic line.

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Szmanowski's Opus 1 Preludes are rarely heard as a set but her championship of this composer shines through every bar.
The Second Book of Debussy's Images draws sensitive and imaginative playing, while Simon Weir's production and Campbell Hughes' sound engineering have captured the essence of Impressionism in Kotok's vivid hands. A Chopin group, beginning with two Impromptus and ending with a delicious account of the C sharp minor Mazurka, Op 63 No 3 conclude a thoroughly enjoyable disc.
If you are interested in following a potentially major career then this CD is warmly recommended."

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Track Listing:

Rachmaninov - Sonata No2 in Bb minor, Op36 (1931)
1. - Allegro agitato
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2. - Non allegro - Lento
3. - Allegro molto
Szymanowski - 9 preludes Op1
4. - Andante ma non troppo
5. - Andante con moto
6. - Andantino
7. - Andantino con moto
8. - Allegro molto: impetuoso Click to hear sample
9. - Lento: mesto
10. - Moderato
11. - Andante ma non troppo
12. - Lento: mesto
Debussy - Images, Book II
13. - Cloches a travers les feuilles
14. - Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
15. - Poissons d'or
16. Chopin - Impromptu No1 in Ab Op29
17. Chopin - Impromptu No3 in Gb Op51
18. Chopin - Waltz in Ab Op42
19. Chopin - Mazurka in C# minor Op63 No3


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