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Ahead of its planned replacement, Scott Dettra presents a final showcase of an organ widely regarded as a bit of a musical mongrel. The original Ernest Skinner underwent several dubious enlargements to keep up with the expansion of the building itself, in the process losing a lot of original pipework. Given all that, some judicious registration and intelligent microphone placement has produced very satisfying renditions of pieces by Franck, Dupré, Walton and Healey Willan’s epic Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue. The Barber Adagio is certainly a good opportunity to hear some classic American string sounds and the Fanfare for the Common Man makes for a dramatic opener, although curiously there is no mention of either the arranger or the percussionist.

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