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After hearing and playing Walsh’s keyboard arrangements (c.1743) of Handel’s Water Music on restrained and elegant 18th-century English organs (such as by Samuel Green), this CD came as a shock. Here we have nearly all of Handel’s three Water Music suites played on a really extrovert historic Italian organ, with all the colour and drama that one hears in the orchestral version. Added to this is Handel’s ‘Alexander’s Feast’ Concerto Grosso plus a terrific ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’. Wedding organists need this disc! After that, Pasquini’s Ricercare is an anticlimax, but the Handel is worth every penny.

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