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This first disc devoted to the organ music of Francis Grier (b.1955) boasts seven premiere recordings. The earliest, 1989’s Vigilia Noctis, was also Grier’s first for the instrument, an atmospheric work sculpted from variant finger-and-foot work carried by contrasted rhythms. The same year’s Sonata is multi- faceted technically and emotionally, and wholly characteristic of Grier’s chiaroscuro complexity. Accented with classical and contemporary French accents, Te Deum (1996) prefaces expressive organ passages with plainchant canticles. The beautiful twinning of two In nomine settings (2000) deftly interpolates John Taverner and William Blytheman. Tom Winpenny is a persuasive advocative on St Albans’s robust but poetic Harrison & Harrison.

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