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With a timing of less than 17 minutes, this is a brief sampler of Nicholas Wilton’s talents. Best known for his choral music (YouTube furnishes an example with visuals of Fra Angelico), Wilton’s piano music is charming and delightful. Alexei Knupffer is a fine interpreter, finding echoes of Scarlatti in the opening Toccata before moving to a more sensualist demeanour for the Spanish Dance, where Albéniz lurks behind the scenes.

There’s no mistaking Chopin as an influence for Wilton’s Op 1, a set of six waltzes. What makes these pieces stand on their own two feet is an ability to touch as well as charm: their musical nostalgia, a kind of Rückblick, is beautifully effective.

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