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Marking the 10th anniversary of Worcester Cathedral’s characterful IV/53 Kenneth Tickell organ, Christopher Allsop delivers an enjoyable array of popular favourites with contrast and colour aplenty. Bookended by Toccatas by Bach (a big-boned BWV 565) and Widor’s effervescent Fifth Symphony, familiar names and pieces are sugared by Pietro Yon’s dancing Toccatina, Derek Bourgeois’s delicately sentimental Serenade and Percy Fletcher’s delectably dreamy Fountain Reverie. Allsop is at his most poetic in Bach’s meditative Liebster Jesu, and at his most dramatic in Sibelius’s Finlandia in Herbert A. Fricker’s lowering, variegated arrangement. The recorded sound from high-placed microphones creates imposing acoustics without ever sacrificing the pleasing intimacy of quieter tracks.

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