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Here in music (and a wealth of written notes) we have a comprehensive celebration of the work of an organist who left an indelible mark on American church music. While celebrated as a liturgical improviser, his compositions have perhaps been overlooked. Across two CDs Todd Wilson presents a wealth of Airs, Fanfares, Preludes and Variations, often based on hymn melodies. Much of this may seem rather conservative in style, but the best is saved for last: the dramatic Holy Week duet where Wilson is joined by Kevin Kwan on the gallery organ. Alas, the stereo recording does not quite give the aural spectacle that this piece must produce in St Thomas Church.

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