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The first CD release from Buckfast Abbey’s new record label looks good – by which I mean the kind of packaging that could grace any coffee table. The embossed hardback book reveals a wealth of detail and images regarding the new Ruffatti organ at the Abbey. On the disc itself is some of the repertoire from the opening recital given by Martin Baker. The Mussorgsky ‘Pictures’ provide ample opportunities to show offthe wealth of aural effects from this instrument, while the Bach Passacaglia fares equally well, displaying some of the Italianate chorus-work. Baker is on top form on this recording, and the widely distributed divisions of the organ are brought together brilliantly by engineer David Hinitt.

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