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This year Selby Abbey celebrates its 950th anniversary and this is the second CD release to celebrate the Abbey and its fine Hill organ of 1909 (recently restored). The first recording was a re-master of Fernando Germani legendary recordings on the instrument from 1962. Whiteley was a pupil of Germani, and for this new disc he turns to the music of Liszt and his pupils and acquaintances. On this fine recording Liszt’s epic variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen and the monumental Reubke Sonata sit alongside some unfamiliar works by Louis Thiele and Joachim Raff. The organ is captured beautifully on this recording with impeccable, intelligent playing, as ever, from John Scott Whiteley.

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