JW wrote:A good playing resource is the 6 books of "Old English Organ Music for Manuls", published by OUP.
I think it is Book 2 that has a slow movement in A major by Bennett. It is sublime, and places him head and shoulders above his contemporaries. He had clearly mastered sustained four-part contrapuntal harmony in way that Stanley, Walond and others never achieved, quite apart from the emotional content of this particular movement.
That is not to say that his contemporaries did not write good music — quite the reverse — but the sheer depth of expression shown here is quite unusual.