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Can this collection really said to be ‘complete’? Zaccaria omits Massenet’s Grande Fantaisie sur ‘Le Pardon de Ploëmel’, for example, included by Stefan Irmer on MDG. Nevertheless, Zaccaria has a light touch well suited to Massenet’s underrated piano music. The Dix Pièces de genre is exquisite, particularly the ‘Barcarole’ and ‘Carillon’. Zaccaria’s pedalling throughout is spot-on. Some of this music is very much of the salon – the two ‘butterfly’ pieces (Deux Pièces of 1907) are a case in point – yet the ‘Toccata’ bursts on the scene like a blaze of light. The delights come in many forms: Un momento musicale (1897) is a terrific piece, and deserves to be heard more. The Improvisations of 22 years previously are far lighter, as one might expect. Fascinating repertoire, complete or not.

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