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Daniel Cook’s complete Stanford survey reaches its finale all too soon with a satisfying potpourri that includes several first appearances on disc. Of those, the Funeral March from ‘Becket’ packs a considerable dramatic punch; the posthumously published Six Occasional Preludes are functional but full of variety and invention; and Fantasia upon the tune ‘Intercessor’ is a robustly austere elaboration on Parry’s chorale. New, too, is the Fantasia In Festo Omnium Sanctorum, a bracing re-imagining of Stanford’s own unison tune Engelberg. As always, Cook effortlessly bends the Westminster Abbey’s Harrison & Harrison to his eloquent will, with Jeremy Dibble’s excellent notes the icing on the cake. An exemplary end to an exemplary series.

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