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There are contrasts aplenty on Michael Overbury’s enjoyable Bach recital on Selby Abbey’s characterful 1909 William Hill & Son organ. Despite its unabashed romantic credentials, the instrument throbs with appropriate baroque bombast in the D minor Toccata (BWV 565), sings Wachet auf! with bucolic lightness, despatches the BWV 590 Pastorella with becoming delicacy, and deports itself with nimble gracefulness in Jesu, joy of man’s desiring. It’s by no means a challenging programme but Overbury, delightfully spry in the BWV 577 ‘Jig’ Fugue, plays with deftregard for colour and mood on a disc of quiet pleasures, the chorale prelude Herzlich tut mich verlangen adreamy experience. But, please, fewer words, a larger font size or more pages for the next booklet would be appreciated.

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