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The overall impression here is that there is perhaps a fine line between absorbing other composers’ styles and being a bit of a musical magpie. However, as the American symphonic organ (perfectly illustrated here with the 2005 Quimby instrument) can be considered a melting pot of French, English and German romantic styles, so we hear the same traits emerge from this American music, particularly from the pens of S. Andrew Lloyd and Daniel E. Gawthrop. David Pickering brings out the best of this repertoire, and this compilation of American organ works from the last 100 years begins with three fine Leo Sowerby character pieces.

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