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Daniel Cook’s Stanford survey returns to Salisbury Cathedral for this third volume in what is shaping up to be a very fine series indeed. An essential one, too, given its commitment to completeness and consistently revealing quality of performances. The centre of gravity here is the Fourth Sonata, a multi-faceted piece given a precisely probing reading by Cook, full of telling contrast and illuminating detail. Modelled on Bach, the Three Preludes and Fugues (op.193) reveal Stanford’s fascination with and interrogation of form (demonstrated in the borrowing from Gibbons in the op.105 Six Preludes and Postludes) undiminished in his later years. Recorded sound is up to Priory’s customary high standards, with excellent notes by Jeremy Dibble.

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