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Though he took to the organ reluctantly and late, Kenneth Leighton proved a natural interrogator of the instrument’s abilities and an articulate convert to its eloquence. This first volume (of three) surveying his organ works is a magnificent beginning. On the III/57 Rieger organ (1992) of Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral, Stephen Farr is a committed advocate. Nimble and nuanced in the multi-faceted Six Fantasies on Hymn Tunes, he seems wholly absorbed within the cathartic Improvisation in Memoriam Maurice de Sausmarez and unabashedly muscular in Leighton’s magnum opus, the dramatically variegated Missa de Gloria. John Butt joins him for the sinewy and severe Martyrs: Dialogues on a Scottish Hymn Tune. Recorded sound is exemplary, Adam Binks’s booklet notes lucid and learned.

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