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John Hosking stylishly and skilfully puts the versatile Wood rebuild at St Asaph through its paces in a wide ranging programme of variations. JSB rubs shoulders with Reger, contemporary composers and a former St Asaph musician with evidence of numerous shades of Cochereau from actual to ‘après’ along the way. There is also a well-constructed improvisation from Hosking himself. Instrument and player come over effectively on this disc seemingly aimed at a broad listening public, and although ‘variation overload’ is avoided, not all the music quite holds similar interest levels. As usual, the production by Regent is excellent.

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