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The first recording of the newly restored Beverley Minster organ sets out the instrument’s stall in fine fashion. On home territory, Robert Poyser’s eclectic programme rings out in the wide, excellently recorded acoustics with a clarity that owes as much to Neil Collier’s exemplary production as to the soloist’s dexterity and the organ’s varied resources. At its centre is a vivid account of Reubke’s orchestral Sonata on the 94th Psalm, its emotional breadth matched by rich, pulsing tonal colouring. Domenico Zipoli’s Toccata makes much of the Great Cornet, Guilmant’s Prière et Berceuse relishes the combination of Vox Humana and tremulant, and Bach’s delightful miniature Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein exalts in solo stops combining the Choir 8ft Stopped Diapason and Tierce. A treasure, indeed.

MICHAEL QUINN Read the full review on Agora Classica


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