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This is a very nicely produced release, the last recording before the Salisbury Willis’s current overhaul. Although requiring attention it sounds in fine voice, barring some occasionally slightly gritty tuning. To record an all-Franck disc on this organ is a bold move and, despite the inevitable problems of the translation (most especially the differences in treble/bass balances), John Challenger’s committed and often exciting playing makes this very recommendable. The question of registering this music on the Salisbury organ is played with a ‘straight bat’; don’t expect to hear the tubas or the Orchestral Oboe. The repertoire includes the Trois chorals and Pièce héroïque with an alternative ending to that usually heard. The booklet is full of nice photography and the sound of the organ is sumptuously captured; one is always aware of the scale of the room in which the organ stands.

CHRIS BRAGG Read the full review on Agora Classica


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