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Niggles first: some amateurish editing and a reference to information about the organ and its restoration on a website which doesn’t appear to contain said information (surely the specification, which runs to all of eight stops, could have been included in the booklet?). Now the good stuff: this is a wonderful recording of an exceptionally fine Georgian organ, the largest surviving instrument by Johannes Avery, resident in New Zealand since at least 1859. Recently restored by Goetze and Gwynn, it is put through its paces here by James Tibbles, a leading figure in the New Zealand early music world who performs an attractive programme including two Handel Overtures, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto (in the Billington arrangement) and voluntaries by Stanley and Blow with an all too rare feeling for idiomatic elegance. Highly recommended.

CHRIS BRAGG Read the full review on Agora Classica


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