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This first recording of Ireland’s largest organ – the 4,500 pipe, IV/88 William Hill dating back to 1870, recently rebuilt by Trevor Crowe at a cost of €1.2 million and uniquely housed in a 14ftpit – provides a fine introduction to an instrument of real character. David Leigh makes much of Franck’s Grande pièce symphonique and Edwin Lemare’s shape-shifting Second Organ Symphony, the latter’s preoccupation with counterpoint realised with graceful aplomb. Fernando Germani’s sprightly Toccata, the evocative set of Three Introductory Voluntaries by former organist- in-residence Jonathan T. Horne, and Eoghan Desmond’s sincere Four Simple Chorale Preludes complete a rewarding, superbly recorded recital. Informative notes by Crowe about the organ and Peter Stobart about the music.

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