Pop this disc into your computer and it shows you a little film of the Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili running around on the beach, watching sheet music float away on a lake and looking pensive at a railway station. We seem to be witnessing the end of a love affair; rather soft focus and dreamy but with flame-red flashes of intense passion – very much like her playing. The longing and regret she brings to the little Mazurka in A minor is certainly heartbreaking, but there's real anger in her thunderous Ballade No 4 in F minor and in the presto of the Sonata No 2 in B flat minor. This is playing straight from the heart from one of today's most exciting and technically gifted young pianists.
Stephen Pritchard has written on classical music for most of his 45 years in journalism. He was the Observer's first readers' editor, and prior to that was a managing editor and production editor