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Daniel Cook recorded this disc shortly before leaving St Davids for the post of sub-organist at Westminster abbey. His familiarity with the Harrison is apparent on this excellent recording in which the wide dynamic range is captured well. Some composers have links with St Davids or Wales – Tomkins and Mathias, for instance – but this is mainly a celebration of Victorian and later music. Despite Tomkins’s link with St Davids, his music is strangely out of place here, but other-wise the programme is well balanced. Cyril Jenkins’s Fantasia and Pierre Villette’s Elévation are splendid works which deserve to be better known.

The Metzler in Zurich’s Grossmünster recently celebrated its 54th birthday. Famous as one of the earliest and finest neo-baroque organs in Europe, this recording is a reminder of the scale and quality of the instrument. Superbly played by the present organist, this is a hugely enjoyable and clever programme, contrasting two major modern works (Vollenweider’s Fantasie and Schoenberg’s Variations on a Recitative) with music by Buxtehude and Bach. Jost uses the resources of this organ imaginatively and the range of colour is well captured on this recording, which is top and tailed with toccatas by Buxtehude and Bach, whose music is in various ways the inspiration for the modern works. Two very different recordings which continue this excellent Priory series.

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