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Records International, February 2017

The source of this release was a Bank Austria initiative allowing five young pianists from Austria and the four neighboring countries to the east (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia). The up-and-coming musicians Julia Kociuban, Peter Nagel, Tim Jancar, Lukas Klansky und Fülöp Ranki were granted the possibility to perform complete recitals during a one-week concert series at the Bank Austria Salon in Vienna’s Old City Hall. Apparently each pianist included pieces by lesser-known composers from their home countries (although the Slovak included Carl Vine!) and, if you count the early 1934 sonata by Lutosławski which is rarely heard or recorded (a nice neo-classical piece with much Ravel in it), there are 73 minutes of unusual repertoire here. None of the rest are hard to listen to—dissonance is used as an expressive effect rather than a structural device—and Fišer’s seven-and-a-half-minute sonata from 1974 is the most compelling (boy, does Supraphon owe him some studio or reissue time!) © 2017 Records International

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