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Lichfield’s much reworked organ – an 1861 Holdich variously repaired and enlarged over the years, most recently by Harrison & Harrison in 2000 – receives fine advocacy here in a compendium of mellow transcriptions from the early 20th century. Some may be unfamiliar and most make surprisingly sensuous use of the IV/80 instrument’s sonorous but stiff-lipped English voice (the exception, Wolfgang Stockmeier’s sprightly arrangement – sans ‘caprice’ – of Parry’s An English Suite). Lichfield resident Rawles is clearly at home with the repertoire – Elgar, Delius, Holst, Stanford (the Procession Music from Drake) and Paul Spicer’s 2007-penned The Land of Lost Content – but a little too in thrall, perhaps, to the darkly sonorous attractions of the organ.

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