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Though not the complete organ works of Parry (already available from Durham Cathedral), it is hard to beat the Etonian combination of David Goode and the 1885 Hill organ of Parry’s old school chapel. David Gammie’s excellent notes help to paint a picture of a complex man full of contradictions. The three Chorale Fantasias, Toccata & Fugue in G (The Wanderer) and the Fantasia & Fugue in G are indeed tempestuous, and Goode’s superb playing attests to these pieces representing the finest of English organ composition. Oft neglected, Parry’s Chorale Preludes are here shown to be every bit as poignant as those by Brahms, also written towards the end of the composer’s life.

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