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The sumptuous acoustics of the Jesuit Church of St Michael in Munich, completed in 1597, and the sparkling mixtures of the 1983 Sandtner/2001 Rieger organ (IV/75) shine forth in the opening A major Prelude & Fugue (J.S. Bach). This now versatile instrument is sensitively played by Peter Kofler throughout a wide-ranging programme. Détaché phrasing preserves clarity along with keen-speaking pipework. Huge fluework is apparent in substantial pieces by Bruhns and Mendelssohn, beguiling colours in a sonata by C.P.E. Bach, and appropriate sounds for Dupré and Widor create a most convincing case for the success of Rieger’s work and Kofler’s artistry.

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