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Recorded in late 2013, Stephen Williams’s recital recreates the dedication concert for the IV/87 Reuter organ in St John’s on its 20th anniversary. Its release comes just as Williams steps down as the Pennsylvanian church’s director of music after more than two decades. Together, soloist and instrument prove a thoroughly compatible partnership. Both find lyrical poetry in Mendelssohn’s Sixth Sonata, rise gleefully to Whitlock’s effusive ‘Fanfare’ from the Four Extemporisations and respond with bravura brawn to Soler’s excitable The Emperor’s Fanfare. Pieces by Bach, Sowerby, Vierne, Eben and Franck (the sombre B minor Choral) complete an enjoyable recital.

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