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The historic Andreas and Johann Andreas Silbermann organs are the main interest of this CD, on which is played appropriate French and German repertoire. The two Clérambault suites are played with ‘received’ information concerning inégalité, but little thought has been given to questions of genre and national style. Böhm’s French-inspired Präludium, Fuge und Postludium is much more idiomatic to the harpsichord, but it is good to hear Bach’s transcription of the Couperin Aria (BWV 587). Smoot plays Böhm’s reflective Vater unser rather briskly, but the Bach Passacaglia (BWV 582) is well paced, although there could be more rhetorical intensity and drama.

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