In recent years the Leamington Festival has had the happy idea of devoting its concluding day to new music.
Its theme this time was "East meets West", but in Sunday afternoon's extraordinary recital from pianist Jonathan Powell there was also a subtle reminder of the main festival's thread of romanticism in music.
Several of Powell's offerings bridged the gap between postromanticism and the modern era, with the compelling Masques by the Polish Szymanowski forging a new language out of the old and creating vivid sound-pictures of veiled erotic yearning and enigmatic harmonic allusion.
There was also the eastern element here with the tripping Sheherazade, just one among several seductive characters the afternoon would introduce.
Other giants from the past were Sibelius, not renowned for his piano music, but his late Five Sketches showing some assimilation of Debussy, and Scriabin, with his ecstasy-distilling Fifth Sonata.
But as well as contemporary works by Murail and Finnissy, Powell also brought us two world premieres.
Venice-born Claudio Ambrosini's A Night with Casanova consists of six nocturnes, but nothing like those by Chopin. Here the full gamut of contemporary piano attack (some of it actually abusive) is brought into play in what are basically scenesetting gestures.
Powell's own Fifth Sonata travels a long way in its single-movement, 14-minute span. A wandering little figure holds the structure together, while an oasis of oscillating calm is grimly won and desperately lost.
This is an amazing young musician, blessed with vigour and control - if a rather stern, unyielding platform presence.