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This second volume in Resonus Classic’s Stanford survey bookends the composer’s life with two first recordings: the early, almost ethereally simple Prelude on the Ancient Melody ‘Jesu dulcis memoriae’ and late (and distinctly saturnine) ‘The Angelus’ from op.194. The latter proves a neat companion for the robust First Organ Sonata and imperial-sounding Marcia Eroica in a programme that also includes a brace of characterful fantasias (opp. 116 and 121 no.1) and three of the variegated op.88 preludes. Stanford’s mahogany-tinged sonorities and lean, lithe melodies are lent brightness and bite by a highly individual 1913 Brindley and Foster (restored in 2009 by Forth Pipe Organs) with Nieminski’s supple, sinewy and sensitive playing perfectly attuned to instrument and music.

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