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Bantock: Sappho; Sapphic Poem - Julian Lloyd Webber (cello); Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Vernon Handley (conductor)
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  1. Sappho, prelude & 9 fragments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
  2. Sapphic Poem for cello and orchestra
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One generation's pornography is another generation's curiosity. Grenville Bantock's setting of his wife's dilations on Sappho entitled Sappho from 1906 was supremely seductive to the Edwardian England of its day, a seductiveness spiced by the apparent uncertain nature of the sexual inclinations of Bantock's wife. But whether it is Sappho and her lovers, his wife and her lovers, or his wife and himself Bantock is depicting, there is no question that, judged purely in terms of musical pornography, Bantock's Sappho was once, ...

Bantock: Sappho; Sapphic Poem 1997, Hyperion

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