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Bearing the thumbprints of both Henry Willis and Harrison & Harrison, the organ of Durham Cathedral moves seamlessly and suitably from mellifluousness to muscularity in long-time incumbent James Lancelot’s complete survey of Mendelssohn’s interlaced organ voluntaries masquerading as sonatas. Soloist and instrument balance the composer’s characteristic song-like instincts, the weighty Germanic gravity at the music’s core, and the brilliant energy and élan of the combustible finales with a temperate regard for both form and finesse.

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