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Hans Scherer was north Germany’s most important organ builder in the early 17th century, and this particular instrument contains 50 per cent original pipework, making it an historic organ of exceptional importance. Recorded here are the complete Magnificat settings (based on the eight church modes) by Hieronymous Praetorius (1560-1629), who was one of Hamburg’s finest musicians. Other pieces include hymn settings (Veni creator, Lucis creator, Veni redemptor) and various liturgical organ settings, thus providing a representative sequence of fine organ music. Friedhelm Flamme is an excellent advocate, who is clearly as much at home with this organ as he is with the music.

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