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Here’s a reminder of a time when organists were the veritable pop stars of their day – or at least held in higher, more popular regard. On Ely Cathedral’s richly articulate IV/80 Harrison & Harrison, the young German soloist Tobias Frank delivers admirably assured, nuanced and mature accounts of the last great flowering of English romanticism. Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture glints and gleams with telling details, Whitock’s more economical Four Extemporisations beautifully characterised, Howells’s Third Rhapsody pregnant with foreboding drama and Edwin H. Lemare’s Concert Fantasia broad, bold and bravura in execution. Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel Overture provides a finely etched gothic coda to a rich and rewarding recital.

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