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Although billed as a duo disc, nearly half the music is for organ solo including a significant Missouri Sonata by Kurt Knecht. Of the vocal works, Carson Cooman’s The rose of Sharon is worthy of particular mention – a compelling setting of familiar words from the Song of Songs. The CD concludes with three of Stanford’s Bible Songs. By this point, though, I longed for some variety of tone from mezzo Tracelyn Gesteland, whose relentlessly uniform vibrato and modified vowels in the upper register became irritating. Wyatt Smith provides sensitive accompaniments and draws a good variety of sound from the relatively small Skinner instrument.

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