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This disc pays homage to McNeil Robinson, renowned New York organist, composer and improviser who died in 2015. It was his final wish that a recording of his improvisations on the 14 Stations of the Cross be made available. This remarkable concert took place in 2006 at St Mary the Virgin, Park Avenue, where Robinson served as organist from 1964-82. The improvisations are based on themes provided by Ned Rorem with the occasional strand of ‘Pange lingua’. Robinson’s harmonic language is clearly indebted to Dupré and Messiaen, yet these personal interpretations of the unfolding Passion story deliver a clear and imaginative narrative full of colourful contrasts. The Aeolian- Skinner organ sounds glorious on this recording too.

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