GRANVILLE BANTOCK (1868-1946): Piano Music - Chanson de Mai, Memories of Sapphire, Cloisters at Midnight, Barcarolle, Reverie, Parade March, 2 Scottish Pieces, Saul - A Symphonic Overture, 12 Piano Pieces.
Catalogue Number: 07U042
Reference: CD 0183
Description: Composed between 1894 and 1938, these immensely varied, beautifully crafted works illustrate fascinating aspects of Bantock’s artistry and music. Among the gems to be discovered here are Memories of Sapphire, three short and lyrical tone poems recalling a visit to North Carolina; the richly impressionistic Barcarolle; the late, lively Parade March and the striking piano transcription of the symphonic overture Saul, with its early hints of the orientalism that would later prove so significant to Bantock’s music. The Scottish Pieces offer up a vivacious quickstep and reel while, heard in their entirety, the Piano Pieces carry a ‘light music’ gloss yet reveal deeper feelings and more sophisticated meaning. Maria Marchant (piano).