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Reappearing in the light of the composer’s death earlier this year, this recital is valuable both as a survey of his work in the genre and a demonstration of his formidable gifts as an exponent. of the two large sets of variations, the 1963 work which opens the disc is both direct and immediately appealing; the set inspired by his hero Haydn may be a more challenging listen but it repays repeated listening. Shorter studies and bagatelles are equally convincing, and BMS’s original recorded sound is very fine.

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