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Sample here the 2010 Harrison & Harrison organ without duplicating too much repertoire that you might already own. This thoughtful programme showcases a very English organ. Such music is represented by Stanford (Fantasia & Toccata op.57), Bridge, Darke and Elgar; Howells’s third Rhapsody (David Humphreys) exhibits necessary grandeur. James Thomas lends considerable dignity to Cocker’s Tuba Tune, abetted by the all-new Harrison solo Tuba. Messiaen and Roger-Ducasse are handled well, but without pretence of Gallic accent. All the fine playing here is, like this regal instrument, placed at the service of the music, and is all the better for that.

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