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Taken from live performances, this two-disc compendium has been designed to showcase the considerable resources of Gloucester Cathedral’s Grand Organ with a programme that stretches from Bach to Alain, Mahler to Cochereau and includes Briggs’s own playful Disneyrama and two improvisations. Aficionados will appreciate the modulated care and controlled virtuosity of David Briggs, the cathedral’s resident organist from 1994 to 2002. Of note are the bone-rattling performances of Bach’s Fugue à la Gigue (revelling in what Briggs describes as ‘the clatter of the Gloucester tutti’), the improvisation on the hymn tune Darwell’s 148th, which makes much of the instrument’s plenum, and Dupré’s F minor Prelude & Fugue, with the 2ft and 8ft Swell flutes cascading with (Briggs again) ‘raindrop-like delicacy’.

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