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Coventry Cathedral houses some of the finest examples of 1960s artwork, glass and architecture, and the Harrison & Harrison organ from that period is no less remarkable. The organ, split in north and south chambers, evenly fills the generous acoustics. However, on this recording the chambers are captured at the extremes of the stereo image, which is quite distracting in many places. David M. Patrick has chosen a programme of mainly French and Belgian music, notably including Jongen’s Sonata Eroïca and the Symphony no.1 of Guy Weitz. All is neatly executed but the very literal reading of Vierne and Jongen’s phrasing, and sometimes over-brittle articulation, means the result is somewhat soulless.

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