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Art music in the most literal sense: these are all songs prompted by paintings or painters. So Lucian Freud’s “The Refugees” is memorialised as a “Berlin Tango” simultaneously jaunty and desperate. David Hockney and Francis Bacon are here too, and the record closes with a suite of five Aegean pieces, Harle’s saxophone calling like a distant pipe of Pan, riffing off one of John Craxton’s pastoral paintings of Greece.

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