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Pianist Maria Marchant presents 23 world premiere recordings, released to mark the sesquicentenary of Bantock’s birth. Marchant, a BBC Music Magazine Rising Star, is clearly a most sensitive pianist, the Lisztian roulades of the first of the Memories of Sapphire beautifully executed, the ballade-like second shaded beautifully.

There is something of Elgar’s piano miniatures to the Chanson de Mai. Standalone pieces such as the bell-suffused Cloisters at Midnight and the salon music of Parade March intersperse larger sets. There is no missing the regional accent of the Two Scottish Pieces (the second with virtuoso elements).

While the symphonic overture Saul is heard in reduction, there is no recording of the original; the modally-inflected passages are effective. A fascinating set of 12 Piano Pieces concludes, their dates mixed but all fascinating.

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