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Alla Breve

July 31, 1994|SUSAN BLISS

CHITOSE OKASHIRO: Piano works by Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Opus 13 and Opus Posthumous; "Arabeske." Mozart: Sonata in B-flat, K. 570. Pieces by Chopin, Scarlatti, Scriabin and Brahms. Pro Piano CD 224501. As Director of Artists and Repertoire for the company and co-producer of this disk, Okashiro has essentially provided a compilation of recital standards. The Japanese pianist approaches the material with discernible intelligence, but blankets it all with a Romantic bent. Still, the performances impress. They abound with subtle shadings and lively projection, all well-served by technical security and enhanced by a recording characterized by much--almost excessive--reverberation.

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