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Seong-Jin Cho - The Wanderer is a journey / LIMELIGHT

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Too often we hear a piece of music or a live performance described as a "journey", but the latest release from Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho lives up to the cliché. Using Schubert's Wanderer Fantasie as a starting point, the 26-year-old virtuoso takes the listener on a road trip through that masterpiece's four movements, into the passionate late Romantic landscape of Alban Berg to finish up with the spectacular, vertiginous mountains and valleys of Liszt's Sonata in B Minor.

And the ride is Bentley-smooth luxury with plush trimmings all the way. The fourth of his releases for Deutsche Grammophon, "The Wanderer" album is a sparkling showreel of Cho's talents and makes an impressive follow-up to his previous Mozart and Debussy albums.

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