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This first recital recording on the small but beautifully formed and voiced organ of Little St Mary’s, Cambridge, serves as a poignant memorial to its builder, Kenneth Tickell, who died in 2014. With just two manuals and fewer than two dozen stops, it’s a sweetly elegant machine, crisp and precise in its articulation, brightly lyrical in tone and surprisingly versatile. Anne Page’s judiciously chosen programme – late renaissance, early baroque, Mendelssohn and wholly simpatico modern pieces – shows off the instrument’s resourcefulness to the full in performances of beauty and brio. The recording of David Aprahamian Liddle’s English Organ Mass is not the first as claimed (Liddle himself included it on a 1997 Guild release) but is magisterial nonetheless. Hugely enjoyable.

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