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Common wisdom suggests that Stanford’s organ works never quite reach the dizzying heights of the best of his choral music. Tom Winpenny’s recital on the download label Resonus is unlikely to challenge the status quo, but his enjoyable and absorbing programme featuring a variety of Stanford’s shorter works at least suggests that his organ output deserves to be heard more than it usually is. The programme includes a number of world premiere recordings, the Canzona op.116 in particularly demonstrating Stanford’s ability to create attractive and coherent miniatures. Good, too, to hear the colourful (what a fine Corno di Bassetto) if slightly tubby 1891 Binns instrument at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where Stanford himself was organ scholar, albeit prior to the construction of the present Bodley edifice and its organ. Winpenny’s playing is technically very fine and his registrations are especially well planned, but I found the interpretations slightly lacking.

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