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John Reading was clearly a very connected Londoner in the early 18th century, enabling him to amass what is now one of the most important collections of organ music from that period. Still housed in the library of Dulwich College, it is fortunate that the nearby Christ’s Chapel contains a remarkable instrument by George England from 1760, recently restored by William Drake. For ‘authentic’ performances of voluntaries by Blow, Greene, Stanley and Reading himself, it is hard to imagine a better instrument, although the dry acoustics do not always give the music the grandeur it aspires to. Bonci’s playing is appositely characterful, although the sporadic acceleration of tempo is rather disconcerting.

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