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Hermann Eule designed the IV/72 organ for the Philharmonie Duisburg, calling it an ‘English Town Hall Organ’. The sleeve notes of this CD explore this philosophy, claiming influences from around 1900. In the programme, English composers are treated with respect and substantial works include Holst’s ‘Jupiter’ in organist Roland Stangier’s own grand arrangement, Henry Smart’s arrangement of a Handel organ concerto (though here this organ becomes the sledgehammer to crack a nut), while Vierne (Claire de lune, Carillon de Westminster) and Franck (Final) fare much better. There are interesting colours and interpretations but don’t be deceived by the rhetoric: this organ sounds anything but English!

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