French composers connected, Bruce Liu the master. His Rameau selections enjoy crisp articulation (a boon to decoration), buoyant rhythms, while avoiding anything percussive, and there’s also a tender touch when required – the centuries roll away. The Alkan pieces include the haunting ‘Barcarolle’ (No.6 of the Opus 65 Recueil de chants), which from Liu is a veiled reminiscence of water gently lapping a deserted shoreline, whereas the other choice is one of Alkan’s elaborate finger-twisting OMG creations (from the Opus 39 Studies), yet not without humour, which finds Liu in transcendental form (Liszt would have approved), as he is for Ravel’s five-movement Miroirs, a suite of fantasy, delicate figuration, light-emitting colours, some dark too, music so expressive and transporting – perchance to dream – an ebb and flow plus a little fathoms-deep danger (pertinent to ‘a boat on the ocean’), and not forgetting scintillating and enchanted (‘Alborada del gracioso’) – the pair orchestrated by the composer, and how. Recommended without reservation on DG 486 4400; excellent sound (11/2022, Teldex Studio Berlin).

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