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Surprisingly, this is only the second recording to feature Methodist Central Hall’s 1912 Arthur Hill organ since its 2011 transformation by Harrison & Harrison. Who better, then, than Gerard Brooks, the venue’s musical director, to put the IV/66 instrument through its paces? A compendium of concert warhorses is despatched with feeling and, where appropriate, flair, each show- casing aspects of the organ’s expressive lyricism and pent-up power, ‘Nimrod’ beautifully serene, Salut d’amour balletically pretty, Carillon de Westminster delightfully evocative, Albinoni’s G minor Adagio pristine and diaphanous. Detailed notes by David Davies on the repertoire and by Brooks on the history of the organ are illuminating and exemplary.

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