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With a history stretching back to 1754 (a dozen of Snetzler’s original ranks still survive) and much modified in the intervening years, the characterful organ of King’s Lynn Minster has much to recommend it. Francesca Massey’s adroitly chosen programme ranges from Bach’s Chorale Partita on Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig to Reger’s Second Sonata and Gaston Litaize’s effervescent Epiphanie. The larger focus is on the 18th century, including a rapt account of John Stanley’s D minor Voluntary and Charles Burney’s decorative, Italian-accented First Cornet Piece from Livre d’orgue. Massey’s extensive (18-page) history of the organ’s various iterations is a model of its kind and an illuminating read alongside her repertoire notes. Vivid recorded sound, too.

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