Oystein Birkeland and Håvard Gimse give the Sonata an alive and sensitive account, coupled with the early and unrepresentative Intermezzo in A minor. They are both imaginative players and are decently recorded. Given the modest outlay involved, this competes very strongly with its rivals, but even if it were at mid- or full-price it would be highly recommendable. Gimse’s performance of the early Piano Sonata, Op. 7 is also very good indeed. Altogether a first-rate bargain.
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