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The 1979 II/17 Bishop organ (consultant, Ralph Downes) is of its time; hearing Wesley (both S. and S.S.) played with so much ‘chiff’ seems strange. It does show OFFIAN Hare’s meticulous articulation, though, and lends these pieces a timbre and a clarity they rarely receive. The III/48 instrument in Cartmel Priory dates from 1867, with two further rebuilds. Hare’s playing is always sprightly and he finds appropriate colours for Ouseley and Elgar. There are pieces by Stanford (Fantasia & Toccata in D minor), David Willcocks (Variations on ‘Breslau’) and Howells (Paean), which cry out for a really large instrument and acoustics.

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