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More than half of this second offering on Southwell Minster’s IV/51 tracker-action Nicholson organ from Paul Hale was included on the first, now deleted volume released in 1999 (on which Hale shared duties with Philip Rushforth). No bad thing per se, given the quality of the performances. But the focus here is on three new recordings: an expressive set of variations by Buxtehude and two premieres on disc: Malcolm Archer’s elegant, beautifully crafted French-style A Festival Toccata and Christopher Rathbone’s A Southwell Suite, imaginative and virtuosic variations on a tune by H. Irons. Celebrating his 25th year in Southwell in 2014, Hale ranges easily and eloquently over a familiar instrument.

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