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With a lineage dating back to 1791, the much re-worked Rochester Cathedral organ has clearly benefited from new Swell reeds in its 2016 refurbishment. In situ since 2008, Scott Farrell puts the instrument through its paces with obvious relish in this recital of popular virtuoso works. His imposing account of Holst’s Mars, the bringer of war has muscle and menace in equal measure, Elgar’s Nimrod elegantly balances sentiment and nobility, and the chiaroscuro contrasts of Jongen’s Sonata eroïca are dexterously handled. Mendelssohn’s A major Sonata is beautifully done, and Howell’s C sharp minor Rhapsody is resplendently knotty. Pieces by Bach, Franck and Vierne complete a satisfying disc.

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