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Here’s a fascinating blast from the past: digitally remastered EMI LP recordings by Fernando Germani on the IV/72 organ of Selby Abbey, reissued to support a restoration appeal for the 1909 instrument rebuilt in 1950 by Hill, Norman and Beard and last restored by Jackson in 1975. Germani’s formidable technique is gloriously to the fore in boldly romantic Frescobaldi miniatures, spellbinding accounts of Franck’s First and Third Chorals, a masterly Liszt Prelude & Fugue on BACH, an infectiously sprightly Reger Fantasia on ‘Halleluja! Gott zu Loben’, and the sublimely realised Toccata from Widor’s Fifth Symphony. Heard on the earlier refurbishment, these vital, virtuosic performances teem with character and showcase a treasured British instrument and a legendary performer.

MICHAEL QUINN Read the full review on Agora Classica


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