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This is the second volume of classic Victorian English music performed on a quintessentially English organ by the Belgian organist Ben van Oosten. He clearly finds much to enjoy in this repertoire with pieces like the Ireland Capriccio, Hollins Song of sunshine or the Lemare arrangement of Pomp and Circumstance op.39 no.1, with their rhythmic drive and sense of fun, faring better than the more meditative pieces, which are less convincing. Sadly, everything is far too bass-heavy and it is hard not to make unfavourable comparisons with the recent Elgar CD from Salisbury’s assistant organist, with its more delicate and inventive sounds.

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