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The mighty organ of New York’s Cathedral of St John the Divine – first installed in 1910, recast and enlarged in the early 1950s, and restored in 2001 following fire damage – is rightly regarded as one of the most expressive instruments built by Aeolian-Skinner. Bruce Neswick puts it through its paces in fine fashion with a programme that includes Stanford’s richly executed Fifth Organ Sonata; the gothic solem- nity of Howells’s Siciliano for a High Ceremony; David Hurd’s imposingly large-scale Te Deum Laudamus; Larry King’s often mysterious Fanfares to the Tongues of Fire; and Gerre Hancock’s colourful Variations on Ora Labora. The result is dramatic, poetic, and altogether satisfying.

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