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This new Mascioni organ (III/47) creates a heavy sound palette in the five-second reverberation of the church. It vies with the originality of Handel’s music and the invention of the arrangers for star billing. Indeed, the instrument is perhaps at its most persuasive in the simplest settings (such as ‘Largo’ arr. George Martin). There are small but numerous blemishes in articulation and timing in Massimo Gabba’s playing. In the many larger-scale pieces the listener can feel bombarded with noise (imagine tubas at the chorus entry in ‘Zadok’). Nevertheless, for a compendium of arrangements by W.T. Best, Guilmant, Francis Cunningham Woods and Dubois, this is an interesting collection.

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