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Contemporaries Jeremy Filsell and David Briggs belong to a long line of organist-composers, reflected differently in how each uses his instrument when composing. Filsell concentrates on illuminating the text while Briggs takes a more extrovert stance, throwing all caution to the wind. Standing out from Filsell’s works is his delightful, original setting of Tomorrow shall be my dancing day and the Windsor Service. Briggs’s music opens with a quiet Pange lingua, which doesn’t quite hit the mark here: the text setting lacks mystery and the interpretation by the competent Vasari Singers needs a more subtle approach. His Improvisation on Tantum ergo is far more meditative and introspective. The CD’s main work is Briggs’s very French, gloriously dramatic and flamboyant Messe pour Saint-Sulpice, influenced by the church’s acoustics and magnificent organ. Here, Tonbridge School’s Marcussen speaks out with a gran- diose voice, reined in for the quieter sequences. A most enjoyable concert piece.

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