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Georg Böhm: Complete Organ Works (3 CDs) - Digital Download
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Complete organ works Correa/Bates (5 CDs!)
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Ray Chenault - Concert Favorites (2 CDs)
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The first recording Georg Boehm's complete organ works performed on a large, four-manual organ, similar to the Schnitger organs in Hamburg that inspired his stylisticaly diverse compositions. Later Boehm became mentor to the young J.S. Bach in Luneburg.

This product includes a free YouTube hosted video by the Davidsson Organ and Dance Collaborative. For details on this video and its role in the performance of this CD collection, see the article in the on-line PDF booklet.
The Complete Organ Works of Correa de Arauxo---the first recording of hiss complete works in the New World. Using three 17th-century organs in Oaxaca, Mexico and two new organs in Spanish Baroque style in California, Robert Bates offers new insights in this neglected organ repertoire. Five CDs, and a 120 page full color book, in both Spanish and English. This first solo release by Raymond Chenault, is performed on the Buzard organ of All Saints’ Episcopal Church (Atlanta) and features 19th and 20th century French, Belgian and Dutch organ works.
Concert performances by David Dahl on the Fritts organ of Pacific Lutheran University! Honored as Distinguished Alumnus by PLU and awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Organ Historical Society, Dahl has been an influential organist, teacher and advocate for the organ. Includes Guilmant's Symphony (with the PLU Orchestra)! The third in a series celebrating 50 years of the Flentrop organ at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle! Trumpeter Fred Sautter and organist Roger Sherman team up to play both famous and infamous works for trumpet and organ. "The Prince of Denmark", Purcell Trumpet Voluntary and the theme from Masterpiece Theatre are all here, along with famous solo works for organ: Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, the "Little" G minor Fugue, and Franck's Chorale in E major. Also included is William Albright's "Jericho: Battle Music"---a dramatic work for trumpet and organ which is infamous for the virtuosity required of both players. The second in a series celebrating 50 years of concert recordings of the Flentrop organ at Saint Mark's Cathedral (Seattle) features the current Canon for Music, Michael Kleinschmidt. His program includes several works played by E. Power Biggs in the inaugural recitals.
Messiaen: Complete Organ Works / Andrews (8 CDs!)
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Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement / Andrews (2 CDs!)
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A monumental acheivement---Colin Andrews is one of only a handful of organists that has recorded Messiaen's complete works for organ. This recording is also the first of Messiaen's complete works to be recorded on American organs, both built by C. B. Fisk.  "Andrews is a master at capturing the grandeur, spaciousness and reverence of this music, and he offers new and compelling interpretations. He is not afraid to explore what Messiaen himself described as ‘extremely delicate variations of rhythm and tempo’ – inflections that are intensely personal, impossible to notate or replicate and are frequently captivating. The enormous variety of touches called for across the cycle are worthy of mention, most notably a wonderfully smooth legato...The recording quality is excellent, with Roger Sherman from Loft expertly negotiating the challenge of recording organs in resonant rooms, balancing clarity with spaciousness...Highly recommended." - Sydney Organ Journal Intended as his final major work for organ, Messiaen's "Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity" is the culmination of his lifetime work as a composer for the organ. Begun as a set of improvisations celebrating the renovation of the organ at Trinity (and the church's 100th anniversary),  "Meditations" employs new musical languages to explore the mysteries of Christian faith. (Part of The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen by Colin Andrews, LRCD-1163) "Livre du Saint Sacrement" is a summation of Messiaen's musical and theological persona, a statement of faith and a profound summary of his entire organ "oeuvres". Here he employs the significant compositional techniques of his life's work: modes of limited transposition, Hindu rhythms, Greek rhythms, plainsong, birdsong, "communicable language", and serialism. These elements are used to explore the mysteries of Christian faith, in this, his most massive work for organ.  (Part of The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen by Colin Andrews, LRCD-1163)
J.S. Bach: Orgelbuchlein/Lippincott
Messiaen: Livre d'Orgue and individual works / Andrews
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Messiaen's Livre d'Orgue (1951) is a technical tour de' force, demonstrating his complete mastery of Viennese serial technique, while also incorporating complex Hindu rhythmic formula and bird songs. In addition there are several popular early works, "The Celestial Banquet" and "Apparition of the Eternal Church," and three recently discovered pieces that have been rarely heard. (Part of The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen by Colin Andrews, LRCD-1163) Although most pieces in Bach's Orgelbuchlein are short-form works they are anything but unsophisticated. Packed with imaginative approaches to setting chorale melodies, this set of virtuosic gems is worthy of repeated hearings. Following a disastrous fire, Somers Congregational Church (Somers, CT) rebuilt their church and commissioned a new Richards-Fowkes organ The organ and acoustics are perfect for chamber music and intimate performances of organ solo literature.
20th-21st-century Music for Two - Ray and Elizabeth Chenault Bach at Haarlem
Bach at Haarlem/Dimmock
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The first recording made on the new Richards-Fowkes organ in Handel's parish church in London! Kimberly Marshall plays a program of Handelian themes, and Bach. The new organ is the first American-built instrument in London. World Premiere Recordings!  The Chenaults play newly commissioned works for two in their fourth volume on Gothic. Every work is a world premiere recording on this disc. This recording features the Aeolian-Skinner organs at the Washington National Cathedral, and at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Amarillo, TX. Regarded as having one of the most beautiful organ cases in the world, the 1738 Christian Müller organ at the Bavokerk in Haarlem speaks nobly into one of the great acoustical environments of Europe. With 60 speaking stops, it was the largest organ in the world when built. Played on by Handel, the ten-year-old Mozart, Mendelssohn and countless other musicians over the past 275 years, this instrument continues to impress those fortunate enough to hear and play it. Grammy Award winner Jonathan Dimmock has recorded more than 35 CDs and concertized extensively on six continents. This recording features some of Bach's most popular works, including the famous Toccata in d minor.
Decker Plays Decker, v.3 - Pamela Decker Douglas Cleveland Plays Rockefeller Chapel Les Corps Glorieux/Andrews
Decker Plays Decker, v.3
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Following the success of the first two volumes, composer Pamela Decker performs another program of her highly acclaimed work. Decker's definitive recordings were both made on the great 4M/58-stop Flentrop organ of St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle. With six seconds of reverberation and 24-bit-recording technology, these CDs are audiophile gems as well as world-premiere recordings! Douglas Cleveland plays in this first recording of the newly renovated1928 E. M. Skinner organ of Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. With the new renovation by Schantz, and a new opening for tonal egress, the organ now speaks more persuasively into the room. This is the instrument that Marcel Dupré used to teach his American students in the 1950s.
 
Cleveland plays French and English music of the era, plus two new works dedicated to him.
Colin Andrews, a large Fisk organ, and the acoustics of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC, are the ideal ensemble for Messiaen’s most popular organ work, the Ascension Suite, and his evocative Mass for Pentecost. (Part of the Complete Organ Works of Messiaen by Colin Andrews -- LRCD-1163)
J.S. Bach: Concerto Transcriptions/Lippincott Washington National Cathedral Sound from Heaven/Washington National Cathedral
This unusual recording celebrates 30 years of Joan Lippincott's Bach recordings on Gothic, and includes her own dazzling transcription of the Bach/Vivaldi concerto for four harpsichords. Scott Dettra presents a program of large-organ favorites on this, the final recording of the Washington National Cathedral's Great Organ. This recording brings together a splendid tapestry of music from the Franco-Belgian tradition, including traditional Gregorian chant, monody from the Notre Dame Conductus which flourished in Paris circa 1200, and the medieval "Messe de Tournai." This music is paired with the excerpts from the Pentecost Mass for organ by Olivier Messiaen, the 20th century Roman Catholic mystic; also Messiaen's choral motet, "O Sacrum Convivium," and music from the Cathedral's 53-bell carillon.
A Centennial Celebration/Washington National Cathedral Mendelssohn Organ Sonatas - Jonathan Dimmock The Music of Dan Locklair - Marilyn Keiser
Music from Organists and Choirmasters at the Washington National Cathedral from 1907 to 2007. Recorded on the spectacular Holzhey organ at Weißenau Abbey (Bavaria)—an organ which Mendelssohn loved—these Sonatas synthesize Baroque and Classical style with Romantic sentiment, establishing the musical vocabulary later used by Schumann, Brahms and Liszt. Dan Locklair is one of America's most widely performed composers. His music has been performed at Presidential inaugurations and funerals, and he was named Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists. Marilyn Keiser has long been a champion of his organ music and presents here the definitive performances of his most popular works.
A Grand Celebration - The Philadelphia Orchestra live with the Wanamaker Organ & Peter Conte Wanamaker Centennial Concert Messiah/Washington National Cathedral Choir
After a wait of over eighty years, the vast tonal palette of The Philadelphia Orchestra is joined, once more, with the world’s greatest symphonic pipe organ for this historic concert! Recorded live, September 27, 2008. Includes Joseph Jongen's Symphonie concertante, which was commissioned for the Wanamaker organ and the Phildelphia Orchestra in the 1920's, but never performed together until this "Grand Celebration". Recorded live at the concert marking The Wanamaker Organ Centennial, Peter Conte and Symphony in C play large-scale works for organ and orchestra. Recorded live in Washington National Cathedral, with the Washington National Cathedral Choir (boys, girls and men) and period instrument orchestra.
Buxtehude organ works: The Schnitger Organ - Hans Davidsson Les Corps Glorieux/Andrews Tidings of Joy: Music for Christmas/Fairfax Choral Society and Orchestra/Douglas Mears, artistic director
Buxtehude's visit with Arp Schnitger in Hamburg in 1687 began an association that lasted for many years and resulted in the building of the four-manual organ at the Cathedral in Lùbeck, as well as modifications to the organ at Saint Marien.  Hans Davidsson explores the encounter between Buxtehude and Schnitger using the four-manual organ in Gothenburg, Sweden in this final volume of the complete works of Buxtehude. Each of the seven movements of this powerful work presents a musical and theological statement, expressed in Messiaen’s unique musical vocabulary. The haunting opening creates a mystical, mantra-like atmosphere that lays the path for an hour of extraordinarily compelling music. Colin Andrews, a large Fisk organ, and the acoustics of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC, are the ideal ensemble for Messiaen’s mystical masterpiece. (Part of the Complete Organ Works of Messiaen by Colin Andrews -- LRCD-1163) Under the artistic direction of Douglas Mears, this massive musical ensemble of 300 singers with full symphony orchestra has created a beautifully produced recording with imaginative orchestrations and arrangements. Herald in the season with the Fairfax Choral Society and Orchestra's first release on Gothic!
Christmas in the Grand Tradition, The Wanamaker Organ, Peter Conte & Philadelphia Brass The Bach Organ of Störmthal William Porter Carole Terry plays the Watjen Concert Organ
Christmas carols on a grand scale!  Under the dazzling fingers of organist Peter Richard Conte, the world's largest musical instrument teams up with the Philadelphia Brass in this program of Christmas favorites.  A sonic spectacular! In 1723, J. S. Bach dedicated this organ with a concert featuring his choir from St. Thomas Church in Leipziag and his wife, Anna Magdalena, as soloist. The organbuilder Hildebrandt achieved an unusually high variety and quality of tone for an instrument of this size, earning him Bach's lifelong admiration, and later his collaboration on larger projects, particularly the large Hildebrandt organ in Naumburg.

This is the only recording of one of the few extant organs played by Bach, largely in its original condition!
The first solo recording of the Watjen Concert Organ at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall!  Carole Terry puts the new Fisk organ through its paces in a varied program of works by Mendelssohn, Sweelinck, Bach, Albright, Stanley, Schumann, Vierne
and Widor.

“Carole Terry is a musician's musician who plays with great elegance, but also, when needed, with fire.” — THE AMERICAN ORGANIST
J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas/Rakich (2 CDs!) Hommage a Messiaen; La Nativite du Seigneur - Colin Andrews J.S. Bach: Weimar Preludes and Fugues/Lippincott
Scored for organ (or pedal clavichord), the Bach trio sonatas can be played on a variety of instruments, as Christa Rakich demonstrates in this imaginative program. Six different organs, six different organ builders, and an assortment of period chamber music instruments are used on this double-CD set! Olivier Messiaen’s French-Catholic mysticism is reflected in his unique musical vocabulary—it forms the basis of one of the most important organ repertoires of the twentieth century. His “Nativity Suite” is one of the most popular of his early organ works, offering musical meditations on the themes and characters of the Christmas story. Also included is the premiere recording of Lionel Rogg’s "Hommage à Messiaen". Acclaimed organist Colin Andrews presents his own musical homage for the centenary of Messiaen’s birth (2008). (Part of the Complete Organ Works of Messiaen by Colin Andrews -- LRCD-1163) Bach's prelude and fugue compositions reached an extraordinary peak of sophistication and virtuosity during his tenure as court organist in Weimar (1708-1717). Joan Lippincott plays the Paul Fritts organ in a highly reverberant room that is not unlike the court chapel in Weimar.
Ja kyung Oh plays the Yokota/GOArt organ of Seoul, Korea Bach, Improvisations and the Liturgical Year/Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra How Bright appears the Morning Star - St. Mark's Cathedral - J. Melvin Butler
Munetaka Yokota—researcher, designer, and organ builder at GOArt (the Göteborg Organ Art Center) at Göteborg University, Sweden—designed the organ at Korea National University of Arts (K'Arts) according to the style of Arp Schnitger and based on the extensive Schnitger research done by GOArt.  Yokota especially modeled this organ after an example of Schnitger's in Charlottenburg (Berlin), which demonstrates some significant differences from Schnitger's North German instruments.

K'Arts organist Ja kyung Oh is director of the Early Music Institute at K'Arts.
This recording documents a recital given by Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra on the Martin Pasi organ of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, WA.  Compositions of J. S. Bach were organized by the liturgical year, and interspersed with Ruiter-Feenstra's own improvisations. Based on ideas found in Bach’s works and stemming from genres he most commonly used, her improvisations create new works using Bach’s compositional processes. In her roles as artist and teacher, Ruiter-Feenstra is a major advocate of improvisation and performance on historically-based instruments. The chorale “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” (“How brightly shines the Morning Star”) is presented on this CD in a wide variety of musical styles, along with other hymns, anthems and voluntaries for the season of Epiphany. J. Melvin Butler directs the cathedral choir in this program of familiar–and unusual–works.
Cleveland in Columbus - Douglas Cleveland Buxtehude organ works: The Bach Perspective - Hans Davidsson Promenade: Paintings of the Memorial Art Gallery - Edoardo Bellotti
Cleveland in Columbus
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Buxtehude organ works, v.2: The Bach Perspective/Davidsson (2 CDs!)
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The first recording of the Fritts organ at St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio! Dedicated in December, 2006, this organ took more than two years to construct, consists of about 5,000 pipes, and ranks as one of the largest mechanicalaction organs in the United States. Gothic artist Douglas Cleveland, director of music at Plymouth Congregational in Seattle, “pulls out all the stops” in the organ’s vast tonal palette. The CD starts with a Battalia for the horizontal trumpet stop (located inside the pedal towers). Drawn by reports of the acclaimed organist of the Mariankirche in Lübeck, Dieterich Buxtehude, the 20-year old J. S. Bach traveled almost 300 miles to hear Buxtehude’s music first hand. On the second in our three-volume set of the complete organ works of Buxtehude, Hans Davidsson plays the ground-breaking repertoire that was known to Bach and his circle, and which may have influenced his musical compositions and performance. Italian organ virtuoso Edoardo Bellotti creates this musical “promenade” based on a sampling of paintings at Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. Improvisations by Bellotti connect organ works by Frescobaldi, Pasquini, Vivaldi, and others, which are paired with seven paintings. Includes full-color images of the paintings and notes by Nancy Norwood, the museum’s Curator of European Art. Performed on the museum’s organ, the only full-size Italian Baroque organ in the Western hemisphere.
The Fenner Douglass Organ - Joan Lippincott Marches - Douglas Major Fanfare - Gerre Hancock
Marches/Douglas Major
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Fanfare/G. Hancock
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Joan Lippincott plays "The Bach Legacy," a program based on music by Bach and those inspired by him, on this new Taylor and Boody organ of Bower Chapel in Naples, Florida. Named for organist and scholar Fenner Douglass in November 2006, this three-manual organ is perfectly voiced for the beautiful acoustics of the chapel, and Lippincott’s registrations demonstrate some of the organ’s most compelling sounds. Douglas Major takes you on a marching tour of the grand Skinner organ of Washington National Cathedral. From Sousa to Bach, here are some of the most famous, and most stirring marches ever written, played on a large organ in a Gothic acoustic... A master of improvisation in Anglican style, Gerre Hancock, plays the great organ of St Thomas Church in NYC. Also includes works by Bach, de Grigny, and Reger.
Organ music of Pinkham and Liszt - Lippincott Fisk organ of King's Chapel - Turley Four Masterworks - Frederick Swann
King's Chapel/Turley
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Four Masterworks/Swann
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An unusual program featuring the rarely recorded organ music of Daniel Pinkham. The Fisk organ at House of Hope is a landmark instrument in American organ building. King's Chapel was founded in 1686 as an Anglican church, but became independent in the 1780's, becoming the first Unitarian Church in North America.The chapel retains its Anglican heritage in worship and music. Daniel Pinkham was its Music Director for 42 years, which includes the time when a revolutionary new Fisk organ was installed in 1964.; Barry Turley plays a varied program which includes music by Bach, Reger, Widor, Pinkham and early American composer, William Selby. Frederick Swann is one of the best-known, and best-loved organists in America. He has been organist of The Riverside Church in New York City and The Crystal Cathedral in California, as well as President of the American Guild of Organists.  In this recording he demonstrates the huge Crystal Cathedral organ with four landmark works by Mendelssoh, Bach, Franck and Wright.
Mozart Organ works -  Joan Lippincott John Weaver Performs Clarion - Music for Trumpet and Organ
John Weaver Performs....
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Clarion-Trumpet & Organ
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The Fisk organ of Old West Church in Boston is an ideal match for the lyrical sounds of Mozart. Certain stops from older organs were incorporated into the instrument giving it an antique sound that is unique in Fisk's works.Joan Lippincott plays some of Mozart's best known works, and a few that rarely heard on organ. Includes notes of Mozart and the organ. John Weaver, one of the America’s finest concert organists, was Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City from 1970-2005. He was Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from 1972 to 2003, and also Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School from 1987 to 2004. Here he plays a varied program, including some rarely heard works by Leighton and Bingham. His program concludes with his own Fantasia for Organ. The trumpet/organ ensemble Clarion specializes in new and difficult works for organ and trumpet.  Included here are several world premier recordings.
Lippincott  - Philadelphia Brass 20th-century Organ Music Two - Ray and Elizabeth Chenault Edward Elgar at Woolsey Hall, Yale University - Thomas Murray
The virtuoso brass ensemble, Philadelphia Brass join organist Joan Lippincott at the large Mander organ of Princeton University Chapel in this grand recording, animated by a large acoustical space. World Premiere Recordings! Organ duo Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault perform a recital of world premiers, many of which they commissioned. At their disposal is the large E. M. Skinner organ of the National Cathedral, later enlarged by Aeolian-Skinner. Ends with a rousing rendition of Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever. Thomas Murray plays theNewberry Memorial Organ at Yale University in this program of original works and transcriptions by Elgar. The program includes Elgar's monumental Sonata in G, opus 28 from 1895. The organ in Woolsey Hall is superbly suited for this repertoire and there is no better advocate for this music than Thoams Murray!
Mary Preston Plays Duruflé and Widor Organ Music of Franz Liszt - Donald Sutherland Great Organ of St. Patrick's Cathedral - Donald Dumler
The resident organist of the Dallas Symphony demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the Fisk company's Opus 100, one of the most important organs built in the 20th century. With a wide variety of French sounding resources at her disposal, Preston plays three large suites written for the French symphonic organ. The 1994 Lively-Fulcher organ includes significant amounts of pipework from the church's original 1895 Carl Barckhoff. Two 16-foot choruses on the manuals, plus a solo division with Bombarde's and cornet, and a full pedal with two 32-foot stops provide the gravitas required by Liszt's organ works.
Head of the organ faculty at Peabody, Donald Sutherland is a Liszt expert, and renders this repertoire with drama and excitement. The addition of Lizst's "Cujus animan" (a transcription Rossini's Stabat mater for trombone and organ is a delicious bonus.Generous acousticsput it all together in this superb recording.
This organ CD is always in our best-sellers list, year after year. With both popular and unusual works in his progam, Cathedral Organist Donald Dumler strikes just the right balance of musical choices. Both the Chancel and Grand Gallery Organs were builtby Kilgen, and are controlled by two new "twin" five-manual consoles. With 177 stops and over 9,000 pipes, the organ is both a grand musical statement, and a priceless antique whose sounds evoke the ideals of organbuilding in the 1920's. Includes Bach's Toccata & Fugue in d minor, Handel's Largo from "Xerxes," Clarke's Trumpet Tuneand Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance, No. 1.
The Riverside Years - Frederick Swann Christmas at Spivey Hall - Ray and Elizabeth Chenault Masterpieces at St Mary Virgin NYC - Kyler Brown
The Riverside Years/Swann
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Frederick Swann was Director of Music and Organist of the Riverside Church in New York for 25 years, prior to assuming a similar position at the Crystal Cathedral in California. This CD is a re-mastering of two recordings he made at Riverside in 1978 and 1979. The church is monumental in size, with a seating capacity of 2500. For this gargantuan sized room, there are two appropriately sized Aeolian-Skinner organs, which together total 203 ranks and more than 11,000 pipes. The Chenaults are known for commissioning imaginative arrangements of music for two organists.  Here they reprise popular Christmas favorites on the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Pipe Organ (built by Ruffatti) in Spivey Hall near Atlanta. Includes "Sleigh Ride", "Greensleeves", Carol of the Drum, Gesu Bambino, White Christmas and many others. The former Music Director of St Mary the Virgin plays a brilliant recital on the church's 1933 Aeolian-Skinner organ - one of the first instruments that could be described as an "American Classic" design. The organ was revised, with substantial changes in the number of divisions, by G. Donald Harrison in 1942. The highly reverberant acoustics of St Mary's enhance the organ's tonal pallet, which bears strong French Romantic influences.
   
 
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