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Perhaps size does matter, after all – certainly when a disc comes with a claim to be ‘spectacular!’ For once, that additional exclamation mark seems justified. Norwich Cathedral’s master of music Ashley Grote puts his familiarity with its lavishly resourced IV/105 instrument to formidable use in a crowd-pleasing collection of familiar music. To the fore is the machine’s full-blooded romantic voice – resplendent in Widor’s Fifth Symphony Toccata, Walton’s Coronation March and Léon Boëllmann’s Suite gothique – although Grote also makes good use of its ‘baroque-inspired’ stops (notably so in that Bach Toccata & Fugue) and conjures becoming poetry in Vierne’s Westminster Carillon.

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