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These are the first two of six volumes of ‘fun’ pieces for organ, and certainly any recitalists looking for new repertoire to liven up their programmes will find many gems. There are classic arrangements such as Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s holiday, or film-score arrangements of Star Wars and Mission: Impossible. There are some more serious contemporary offerings too, including a suite by Graham Carton, ad Wammes’s enchanting minimalist piece Miroir and an arrangement of andrew Wilson-Dickson’s rather extraordinary Passacaglia on a theme of Stevie Wonder. There are some really successful jazz pieces too, particularly Iain Farrington’s seven-movement Fiesta!

They say never judge a book by its cover, and here something stylish and contemporary would have done more to reflect the great precision and care taken over the music by Kevin Bowyer. Bowyer’s rhythmic control is as evident as ever, making the scherzo textures really dance, the jazz pieces really swing and the more minimalist pieces display great structural beauty. Both organs, although new or newly restored, sound rather like Victorian town hall instruments in these dry acoustics. Lancaster Priory particularly lacks atmosphere and I couldn’t help feeling that a more continental-style organ would have lent more clarity across the textures, especially in the tutti sections of this repertoire.

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