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Here’s an essential companion to Kevin Bowyer’s earlier three-disc survey of Alan Gibbs’s organ music, Glasgow Toccata. Returning to that title track, the titular Glasgow Bells here pairs Bowyer with Evelyn Glennie’s tubular bells and xylophone to brilliantly spotlight Gibbs’s lightly thrown-offeclecticism. So, too, Tartuffe Suite and 1798 Fragments, incidental music for stage and radio respectively, with the composer’s son, violinist Robert Gibbs, a sensitive and expressive partner for Bowyer. Trinity Prelude and the five-part St Peter’s Vespers, with its virtuosic use of high registers, are eloquent examples of Gibbs’s church music. Music by friends Geoffrey Lester and Anthony Baldwin, and pupil Bethany Patterson (the exquisitely complex Sunlit Ambiguity) complete a fine tribute.

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