Even more wide-ranging than her Mercury short-listed 'Play' album.
Not just piano-playing that can be muscular and percussive (in the Sawhney) but also lyrical and restrained when necessary (in the Messiaen), but also a fine choice of collaborators and even sympathetic direction of the Britten Sinfonia. A well-programmed disc, also, although I don't listen to the trad Ghanaian bell music every time... A brave and eclectic selection, played with power and skill. Now, if only there had been a track with Django Bates or some Piazzolla, this would have been perfect, but as it is it really is mostly wonderful. Why just 'mostly' ? The politicised sound-bites in the Sawhney are no doubt inspired by sincere motives, but they will inevitably date badly. All the same, the quality, passion and emotional depth of the playing on this album make it an essential next purchase for anyone who enjoyed 'Play'. What talent, what scope ; to think that she can play Bach, Dowland and Nancarrow as well as she plays all this. A remarkable pianist.