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John Scott Whiteley’s survey of Thomas Tertius Noble’s organ music reaches its third and final volume with another compendium of short-form pieces. At under 11 minutes, Noble’s first published work, the D flat Theme & Variations – an uneasy meeting of Mendelssohn and Sullivan – is the longest offering here, the former York Minster organist clearly a miniaturist by inclination. Despite Whiteley’s articulate advocacy, the abiding impression is of pleasant but undemanding and somewhat derivative music, albeit with a passing concern for intricacy of design. Heard to better effect on the first two volumes, here it cumulatively accrues a somewhat anodyne uniformity even as individual pieces strain for individuality.

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