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This CD, approaching the end of Priory Records' Great European series (see feature, p.53), presents 20th-century repertoire throughout that will be new to many. The characterful, clear tone of the IV/51 Nicholson instrument in Southwell serves this music well; the moderate acoustics hide nothing. Simon Hogan is assistant director of music at the Minster and interprets these pieces with skill. The Sonata by Robert Ashfield is accomplished and deserves more recognition; Neil Cox’s Four Ikons of the Archangels is a compelling suite of pieces that joins the Three Pieces by Eric Thiman to make this disc notable, especially if you are looking for new and challenging repertoire.

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