After her highly acclaimed Decca debut of music by Clara Schumann, supremely talented British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason looks across the Pond for her sophomore album. At 25 she is the oldest of the remarkable musical family of seven siblings from Nottingham who entranced a COVID-hit Britain through their video concerts and jam sessions. Brother Sheku, of course, hit the headlines when he played the cello at Prince Harry’s wedding.

Isata Kanneh-Mason
The new collection is built around two works by Samuel Barber, Nocturne , his tribute to Irishman John Field who invented the form, and the spectacular Piano Sonata written for Vladimir Horowitz. Kanneh-Mason brings her own musical character to these four movements – an unerring sense of the structure and a wonderful build-up in the Adagio mesto , paving the way for the fireworks of the fugue.

No American collection would be complete without Gershwin, and his Three Preludes make a fine contrast to the...