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Composed before the turn of the 20th century (the last was produced in 1900), Karl Wolfrum’s three organ sonatas are a curious concoction of the old and the new, their allegiance to Bach as unabashedly declared as their no less obvious commitment to the tropes of the New German School. Those seemingly disparate elements are deftly intermingled by Wolfrum’s distinctively subtle use of the organ’s solo voices and often dramatic dynamic differentiation. On the 1908 III/50 Sauer organ in the Luther Church, Chemnitz, Halgeir Schiager weaves together vintage and voguish elements with persuasive aplomb. The music remains irredeemably antique, but pleasantly and enjoyably so.

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