…Barto’s approach makes for an atmospheric, albeit melodramatic reading of the first of the Op 10 Ballades, the narrative of the young Scot who has slain his father at his mother’s behest. By contrast, the third Ballade, the scherzo of the set, receives a refreshingly straightforward reading.
There is insight and refinement in some stretches of the D minor Concerto and during the Più adagio which prefaces the cello’s reprise towards the end of the slow movement of the B flat Concerto.
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