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Better known as an accomplished composer for brass bands, Philip Wilby’s music for choir and organ is deserving of greater attention, as this more than agreeable quarter-century-spanning survey demonstrates. Showcasing the composer’s signature gifts for directness, rhythmic vitality and harmonies of almost luxurious beauty, and placing him securely within the Anglican tradition, this long-overdue survey boasts superb performances from all concerned – the Exon Singers perfectly blended by Matthew Owens – and no fewer than 16 first recordings. The demanding Prelude, Toccata & Fugue for organ is despatched by Matthew Owens with virtuosic ease.

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