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Ashley Grote took his leave as assistant director of music at Gloucester Cathedral with this expressive account of two symphonies by Louis Vierne. Making often moving use of the 40-year-old III/64 Hill, Norman & Beard organ (restored by Nicholson in 1999), Grote balances the chiaroscuro accents of the cyclical, classically designed Second with tellingly adroit attention to the deeply felt detail of music characterised by harmonic richness and contrapuntal complexity as much as by its broad emotional sweep. The Third is no less deftly balanced, Grote’s playing by turns excitingly energised and languidly lyrical, culminating in the gorgeous Adagio and brilliant bravura finale.

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