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Taken as a whole, this disc combines imaginative music to show offthe effective forces of the IV/76 Rushworth & Dreaper organ. Programme notes are missing a track, in the wrong order and badly edited, though decently written by both organists. David Davies is best with Reger (Toccata in D minor) though urgent passages sometimes seem hurried. Dienes- Williams is impressive throughout. American Calvin Hampton’s At the ballet is evocative and fun, and Howells’s Psalm Prelude op.32 no.1 delivers everything it should, especially phrasing and architecture. Vierne’s Hymne au soleil really transports us from Guildford to Paris, and we stay there for Saint-Saëns’s Prelude & Fugue in B. Wood’s simple Nunc Dimittis is similarly captivating in its tenderness of phrasing, while Bovet’s Salamanca reveals its playful character.

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