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With his recent Priory CDs, Daniel Cook is beginning to carve a real niche for himself as perhaps the leading interpreter of the English romantic repertoire. Here, he produces a Stanford recording of extraordinary distinction, bringing exactly the kind of drive, commitment and bravura the music needs to lift it off the page. Salisbury’s Father Willis, which Cook knows so well having previously been assistant organist there for six years, is the ideal partner and it sounds magnificent. The programme includes the Fantasia and Toccata and the first two sonatas which, on the basis of these tremendous performances, require re-appraisal. The content of Priory’s booklet is excellent. This is very highly recommendable, challenging like no other disc I’ve come across the oft-repeated remark that Stanford’s organ music pales into insignificance alongside the genius of his choral works.

CHRIS BRAGG Read the full review on Agora Classica

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