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Francesca Massey takes her leave of Durham Cathedral, where she was sub-organist for several years until 2019, with this elegantly dispatched Duruflé survey. The cathedral’s venerable organ (built by ‘Father’ Willis and serially remodelled by Harrison & Harrison) serves the material well, as does Massey in considered playing as concentrated as it is poetic. She is at her most eloquent where the contemplative meets the ecstatic, as in the op.4 Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le theme du ‘Veni creator’) and in the beautifully formed four-part harmonies of Chant donné. The Paul Dukas-dedicated op.5 Suite is delivered with persuasive, adroitly controlled power.

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