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Having recorded the complete organ works of Stanford, Brewer, Sumsion, Dyson and Alcock, Daniel Cook is a fine advocate of Harris’s music. As organist at St George’s, Windsor Castle from 1933 to 1961, Harris was a prolific improviser within an Edwardian harmonic language developed from Wagner, Stanford and Parry, which suited contemporary English liturgical and aesthetic mores. Most pieces are short: processionals, meditations, elegies, voluntaries, etc, but the fantasies on traditional melodies and the one sonata are larger in scale. Harrison & Harrison’s ‘flagship’ cathedral organ is ideal – a perfect vehicle for this music, and John Henderson’s notes are particularly interesting.

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