I heard Sarah Beth Briggs give a spectacular recital of the Waldstein sonata and late Brahms piano pieces a few years ago, which prompted me to buy this disk. Its difficult to think of another recording that pairs the Appassionata with the Brahms-Handel - yet Briggs demonstrates just how well the major/minor combination can work. Undoubted highlights of the CD include the eerie opening of the Appassionata, fabulous technique in the sonata's finale (graveyard of many interpreters), dynamic contrasts in the Brahms variations, and a wonderfully energetic fugue. Rawsthorne's bagatelles sounded far more melodic than I was expecting - this is a very fresh reading with very few rough edges, helped by a terrific production standard, fine acoustics, and a beautiful-sounding Steinway. I didn't know Britten's Three Character Pieces at all & I agree with the performance notes that the style of these disarming vignettes is reminiscent of Frank Bridge in places. Very highly recommended.