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One word describes this CD: stirring. Parry’s life straddles the Victorian and Edwardian periods and if music was wanted for the grand occasion – especially if connected to royalty – then Parry was the man. It is a mark of his success that today his music still survives for high profile events. There could be no better opener than this riveting performance of I was glad from the Choir of Westminster Abbey in an arrangement for organ and brass by Grayston Ives that can bring a lump to the throat. Throughout, the artistry of James O’Donnell with his excellent choir, sub-organist Daniel Cook and Onyx Brass make an indelible impression, and Cook’s virtuosic performance of the Fantasia & Fugue in G shows that he is at one with the Abbey’s magnificent instrument.

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