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Naxos continue their traversal of Walcha’s complete chorale preludes, published in four volumes between 1954 and 1979. This third volume, composed in 1966, is noticeably more ‘sour’ in tonal language than the first set, but it bristles with creativity and craftsmanship; trios, ostinati and canons abound, as do obvious Bachian references. Delbert Disselhorst, the distinguished professor emeritus of the University of Iowa, is a former Walcha student and takes a more straightforward approach to the scores than Wolfgang Rübsam on previous volumes. John Brombaugh’s 2004 organ at Springfield is the result of a much later philosophy than Walcha’s neo-classical compositional world or his 1961 Schuke organ in Frankfurt, but it is so sublimely colourful that the match is unquestionably convincing.

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