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This is an enterprising and interesting programme, for which Stove has written excellent notes on the historical context of the music. Sadly, he is not so aware of period performance practice conventions, playing far too close to the score where much of this music has a rather improvised character, and needing more freedom. Some passages in the Muffat Toccata are so legato that they sound more like Stanford at times! A strange choice of organ, since much of this music, particularly the Chaumont excerpts from his Pièces d’orgue, need specific registrations which are simply not possible. It is a fine example of this period of Anglo-Australian organ building, well recorded, but not ideal here. Good intentions, but not recommended.

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