Don’t jump to conclusions! I did when I saw Stravinsky and “Movements” and decided that this album included the composer’s work of that name together with Concertos by Schumann and Ravel. I was mistaken, a lack of a conductor and orchestra being a clue. So, Tchaikovsky Competition prizewinner George Li begins his well-recorded recital with two contrasted opuses by Robert Schumann, the Arabeske – flowing and gently touched, poetic in the slower sections, especially so in the ethereal envoi – and Davidsbündlertänze, crisply articulated (even at speed) and shapely elsewhere if perhaps a little subdued in terms of romance if not sensitivity. Li’s slightly impersonal approach makes for a ‘long’ listen in the second work and is better suited to Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, both given with clarity and confidence, especially the latter finger-twisting transcription, technique assured, while gratifyingly in both Li doesn’t overdo the percussiveness of either, bringing fantasy to the Valses. Warner Classics 5419789314 is released on July 19.

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